Do I love my hands or something?!?

I take lots of pictures of my hands. Sometimes, I am holding stuff too. :)

I tend to use my hands for scale in my pictures. These destroy the artistic side of most of my photographs, but I include them anyways... Let me tell you why!

First of all, I use my hands to focus! My camera is a point-and-shoot, and so many times, especially when I am trying to take a picture of a small flower, my camera intentionally avoids focus on what I want it to focus on... It can be quite frustrating... So, my hands give it a bigger target. This is my reason of "practicality."

I like to include a little bit of a scale with my pictures too -- I very rarely go out into the field without my hands. ;) Sure, they aren't as exact as a ruler, but anyone could tell an inch from a foot when you see my hands. If you are curious, here are my measurements: from the top of my wrist (bottom of my palm) to the top of my middle finger, it is 19.5 cm. My pointer finger is 79 mm, my pointer finger nail is 12 mm, and the width of my pointer finger is 17 mm. :)

Anyways, this is why I include my hands in lots of my pictures. Scale and focus! :)

Posted on 24 April, 2015 01:50 by sambiology sambiology


I think it is really great to use hands, or a finger, or a fingertip, in at least one of the photographs of a small organism.

I recommend doing that (see the guidelines on my user page) when people are photographing snails or slugs, especially the smaller ones. Without a scale object it can sometimes be very difficult for anyone (except the photographer) to know how big the creature was, and not knowing that can radically confuse the ID-ing process.

Posted by susanhewitt almost 9 years ago

I agree, using your hands/fingers in photos really helps with scale.

Posted by karenkroesen almost 9 years ago

This is a good idea. I hate having to drag a cumbersome ruler around with me.

Posted by dbucket almost 9 years ago

Me, too. A finger or hand provides a lot of information.

Posted by connlindajo almost 9 years ago

"I very rarely go out into the field without my hands." It is so nice to know I am not the only one that doesn't go anywhere without my hands...Loved your journal on 'hands'.

Posted by hawkilitle almost 9 years ago

I do this too. I have to admit that I've thought about getting a herbarium scale/color chart to carry around for this purpose too.

Posted by carrieseltzer almost 9 years ago

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