should cross over the far leg. This is because perspective causes objects near the camera to appear very
large, and a large knee sticking out of the photograph will distract from the rest of the picture and spoil
The subject should keep his arms and hands relaxed and close to the body. Hands are difficult to pose
and photograph properly. Try having the subject fold his hands together in his lap or on his leg or
simply rest them on the arms of a chair. Do not let the subject grip his knee or the chair arm. Perhaps
you may have to try to hide the hands by letting the hand farthest from the camera hang so that it is
hidden by the body. Even if the hands do not show, they should not be in an awkward position because
the strain or discomfort may show in the subject's face.
Corrective Portraiture Techniques.
Refer to figure 2-1 for corrective portraiture techniques which will help you to minimize unflattering
aspects of a subject's appearance, i.e., a double chin.