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5 Second Vein-in-Hand Quick Fix (and Other Portrait Tips from Print Comp 2013)

By // March 11, 2013 // Posted in WPPI News

I had the honor of proctoring (i.e. reading scores for) the Portrait category of the WPPI Print Comp this past weekend, and while I was in in the dark room where a panel of judges deliberated on more than 400 images, I picked up a few things from their comments. Here are a few of my favorites:

Dallas photographer David Edmonson demonstrates the best ways to pose women during the Portrait category of Print Comp 2013.
  • Less is more and simplicity breeds elegance. Judge Nadia Salameh made a great point that in portraits, only add an element if it’s going to improve the look of the print. Otherwise, leave it out.
  • When photographing sitting children from straight on, have them sit with crossed legs (affectionately referred to as “criss-cross apple sauce” by photography empress and Portrait Chair, Bambi Cantrell), or have them be barefoot. No one wants to see the souls of shoes in a photo.
  • To dial down the prominence of veins in the hands of subjects, have the person reach his or her hands overhead and wiggle the fingers for five seconds, then bring them back down to the preferred placement. The veins will mostly disappear from view. This tip was from Santa Barbara-based photographer Tim Meyer, and it was probably my favorite of the day, because I’d never heard it (and it works!).

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Jessica Gordon

Jessica Gordon

Jessica Gordon loves discovering new photographers, and learning about historic image-makers who’ve helped evolved the craft. As managing editor for Rangefinder magazine, she’s passionate about clever copy and great design. On the weekends, you can find her biking around Brooklyn and downward dogging in yoga.

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