Tip#6 Composition (Hands)

Okay, we’re going to get serious now and look at what seperates the pro photos from the snapshots.
When taking photos of musicians, it is really important to be aware of what their hands are doing. Hands are enormously expressive, amateurs regularly chop them out of the photo by mistake without being aware of it. Musicians can move very fast so this can be tough, but the more you practice the better you’ll get. This also applies to singers. If a performer raises their hand to punch the air, you’ll need to recompose the shot in a split second to grab it. Also, be careful about chopping off elbows or any part of the arm in general. Make it a rule to always include arms and hands, and you’ll become more aware of when you can disregard this rule after you’ve mastered it. 


Steve Vai


Steve Vai


Goldie Looking Chain


Shirley Manson from Garbage


Kala Chethena Kathakali Company

One Response to “Tip#6 Composition (Hands)”

  1. Hugh Macdonald Says:

    Love the Shirley Manson and GLC ones…..

    Personally, I’m not a big fan of the “just hands” shots - those top two in the post, I’d not have a clue who it was if you hadn’t subtitled the shots….

    That said, I agree entirely about including hands in the shot…..

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