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The world of art and craft is no "slight of hand" magic show.
Yet, there is a growing trend for including hands in photographs displaying jewelry, accessories and clothing. This increases the need to pay attention to the hands used as props.
A poorly chosen hand prop can detract from the work in the photo and ruin any chance of being accepted in a book, magazine, show or exhibition. Martha Le Van from Lark Books shared these surprising bad examples at the recent Professional Development Seminar at the Seattle SNAG Conference.
Even a brief look online delivers an overabundance of BAD photos that include regrettable choices of hand models or awkward hand positions. I have resisted the impulse to show more bad photos -- they are too easy to find. I think you get the idea.
The harsh reality is that a bad photo is summarily dismissed as bad work. Conversely, a good photo is assumed to include good work until proven otherwise.
Great skin, unblemished hands and a perfect manicure with light to neutral nail polish is the first requirement for a hand model.
Take a look, and see what you think. Please feel welcome to leave a comment on ASK Harriete or here on Crafthaus.