It's Week #38: Hands

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It seems that each week we are on the search for something entirely different. Sometimes its a new camera technique. Sometimes it’s a color palette. Sometimes a story, an emotion, or simply…an object. The object challenges are my personal favorites. Perhaps because I think they are the easiest ones? Perhaps because it sheds light on details that are always with us, but somehow just out of view (which is how I think I’ve always observed the world).

Hands are a most interesting “object” to document. From age to relationship to where you are in the world, hands can capture so much more of the story than just the surface level. Go out and find the details that exist all around us. Find your story.

 Tips and Tuts for this week:

  • Hands can tell a lot about a person. Focus on the little details. Try using a macro lens. Are their fingers manicured? Do they have calluses on their palms or fingertips? Use these little details to tell the story that those hands hold.
  • Hands often look best when shot from the side, or slightly tilted. Try to avoid “head-on” shots, unless of course the top/palm is your main focus!
  • Incorporate other subjects into your photo. For example, show a musician with their instrument, a child with their toy, or a gamer with their console. Or what this genius did.
  • Use light! A little bit of directional light will make your subject appear much more 3-dimensional than flat lighting.
  • Inspiration. Inspiration. MORE INSPIRATION (last one is a goodie!)
Looking for more inspiration? Check out “Body Parts” from 2013 and 2014, and “Body” from2015! And of course, The Googles! Oh you sweet Googles.

Extra Credit: “5+ Hands”

For some extra credit joojoo, try using many hands in your photo! Try creating “sculptures” with the hands you are shooting, or try making a shadow jungle! Use hands to show the different generations in your family, for as many years as you can. Check out these examples here for a little inspiration!

Check out the Googles for some more inspiration. 

Remember, it is not necessary to keep this Extra Credit challenge in mind while shooting. It’s extra credit!

*Please note!! You can only submit ONE photo per week, for the week’s challenge. This photo can include the “Extra Credit” part of the challenge, or the “regular” challenge, but you can never submit more than one photo!

Past Challenges - 2015