Tip of the Day: How to Photograph Hands

• Make sure your subject is relaxed. You don’t want pictures of a person with clenched fists, so do your best to keep your subject, and their hands, relaxed.

Hands can tell you a lot about a person, and often make an interesting subject for photographs. Here are some things to keep in mind:

• Make sure your subject is relaxed. You don’t want pictures of a person with clenched fists, so do your best to keep your subject, and their hands, relaxed.

• Use a zoom lens to capture your subject’s hands during everyday moments. Maybe they are sitting at their kitchen table having their morning coffee, writing, or holding something interesting. These are the times to really focus on their hands, because you may be surprised by what you see. But be patient, it may take a while for you to find that perfect moment.

• Experiment with different lighting techniques and some poses and you’ll be sure to find what you’re looking for. Don’t be afraid to try something you’ve never seen before, you will need to in order to add an element of surprise and uniqueness to these shots.