When Photographing Men in Formal Surroundings Tell Them What to do With Their Hands
Most guys can deal reasonably well with how to act or behave in a formal setting such as a wedding, party or even corporate event.
Of course there will always be exceptions and that’s why wedding planners have “that table” way up the back of the room!
What most men have great difficulty with is posing formally for photographs within those types of settings.
As the photographer in situations such as these you hardly have time to spend hours working with them to get just that right pose that conveys some sort of natural ease.
In the absence of clear directions a sort of nervous hysteria will begin to set in resulting in them either striking some kind of silly pose or worse still, reverting to Neanderthal behavior and scratching their nether regions.
The quickest way to get good shots is to at least tell them where you want them to place their hands.
Generally speaking if you can get their hands handled for them, the rest will fall into place.
Widen Your Photographic Horizons – Technical Versus Artistic
Photography is like any other field of the arts, it has a technical aspect and a creative aspect.
It is only through constant improvement in the technical that you will be able to truly express yourself artistically.
Your first targets as a beginner are the technical aspects of using your equipment to achieve a desired result as well as the technical side of creating an image that communicates something.
Having said that the balance to seek here is not getting overly involved in the technical to the exclusion of the creative.
Learn your basic techniques and rules to a level of competence then study works by many different types of photographers in many different types of genres.
Observe for yourself how that photographer has applied the technical to achieve communication through the image.
Study in detail what is working in the photo and what is not with constant reference to what you have learned so far on the technical side.
Don’t be surprised to find that an image works incredibly well because it has completely broken a rule.