H for Hands
It is said that one’s hands can tell tales about the owner, from details of their background to character, health, relationship bliss, future and fortune. Therefore, it’s no wonder that hands are fascinating appendages of human structure that’s worth admiring and photographing.
For the H letter of the photo theme challenge, it was a tussle between doing photos for History or Hands. I love history and I am one of those who haunts museums and soaks up stories of long past history, but I settled for Hands in this case.
Close-up portraits of body parts can be magnificent. They can also have a meaning and send a strong message. Such photographic portraits imply which sex the part belongs to, the possible age of the owner, their social condition, and a lot of other things. Our body parts portraits reveal many details than one would be tempted to believe.
Photographing The Hands
While photographing these hands, my main interest is to tell the person’s story. For example, the first photo is the cobbler that I pass by occasionally. His hands were always busy repairing shoes and I wanted to take shots of them whilst he worked.
The second photo is a perfumer at work. She makes fragrance from natural ingredients and always had some henna painting on her hands. I wanted to capture her painted hands as she worked and filled the bottles.
My focus is on my subject’s story. I wanted the character of their hands to show their reality and not glamourous images.
Tips & Recommendations for photographing hands:
- Try to tell your subject’s story that anyone looking at the photo later can interpret the story that your image portrays.
- Think about your lighting and use it to enhance the story.
- Place continuous lighting on the side of your subject which will show the lines of the skin better.
- Use a tripod when possible for best shots.
- Use your macro lens for close-ups.
- Have fun and be creative. Play with a variety of positions.
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