Hands: Weekly Photography Challenge - Digital Photography School

Hands: Weekly Photography Challenge


hand in hand -  old@new, past@future!This week we’ve chosen a theme that should be accessible to most of us – hands.

Actually hands are something that some photographers (and artists) struggle to capture in a natural way (here’s a tutorial we wrote on the topic of posing hands) – so perhaps it is a good theme to practice.

Feel free to take any approach you like with the theme – you might take a shot that is all about the hands – or do something a little more subtle. Remember the hands can convey a lot of emotion (clench fists could be portraying anxiety or anger for example) and even a story (two hands holding one another for example).

Looking forward to seeing what you come up with!

Once you’ve selected the ‘Hands’ image that you’d like to share – upload it to your favourite photo sharing site or blog and either share a link to it or – embed them in the comments using the our new tool to do so.

Remember these challenges are not just about finding pictures in your archives to share – we’d really love to see you getting out your camera and taking a new photo – after all that’s what dPS is about, helping you take better shots rather than just celebrating past shots.

If you tag your photos on Flickr, Instagram, Twitter or other sites with Tagging tag them as #DPSHANDS to help others find them. Linking back to this page might also help others know what you’re doing so that they can share in the fun.

Also – don’t forget to check out some of the great shots posted in last weeks challenge – Signs challenge where there were some great shots submitted.

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Darren Rowse is the editor and founder of Digital Photography School and SnapnDeals. He lives in Melbourne Australia and is also the editor of the ProBlogger Blog Tips. Follow him on Instagram, on Twitter at @digitalPS or on Google+.

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  • Dee P July 4, 2012 12:55 pm


    My younger son drew this one day. I thought it would make a great photo. These are his hands (2 on the left) and his brother's hand on the right.

  • blueb3ll May 14, 2012 03:41 am


  • Aritra Sen May 12, 2012 04:34 pm

    I always think that hands can make most of the expressions...here is my version of hands...i hope you would like it






  • Dee P April 26, 2012 01:17 pm

    I've recently taken another one. It's of my son who I am in awe of.... http://deeandhercamera.blogspot.com/2012/04/for-my-son.html

    I'm proud of this pic because these are his hands, whether the photo is considered "good" or not. =)

  • blueb3ll April 22, 2012 01:15 am


  • Jacqui B April 19, 2012 01:10 pm


    Camera: Canon EOS Rebel XS

  • Barb Aiken April 19, 2012 10:33 am


    Camera E-510
    1/640 sec
    81 mm

  • Jim April 19, 2012 05:48 am

    Hands, correct?


    Exif data

    Camera Canon EOS REBEL T2i
    Exposure 0.013 sec (1/80)
    Aperture f/5.6
    Focal Length 55 mm
    ISO Speed 6400
    Exposure Bias 0 EV
    Flash Off, Did not fire

  • Carolyn Boyden April 18, 2012 01:13 pm

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/79096087@N05/6942864010/ Anzac Day is a time for reflection and remembrance

  • Carolyn Boyden April 18, 2012 12:54 pm

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/79096087@N05/6942864010/' title='Lest We Forget' url='http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7104/6942864010_9132b003bb_b.jpg']

  • Carolyn Boyden April 18, 2012 10:24 am

    Anzac Day is a time for reflection and remembrance

  • Mikhail Anand April 18, 2012 07:01 am

    http://mikhailanand.wordpress.com/2011/08/10/street-livingmumbai/img_2193/ hands that tell a story

  • mcrc22 April 17, 2012 10:24 pm

    it's so nice to see a dad spending quality time with child,securely holding her and the child grasping his arms with her little hands


  • blueb3ll April 17, 2012 08:25 pm

    My pensive daughter


  • Sheila G April 17, 2012 03:09 pm

    Something that I learned through project 365 is that a moment only lasts for a moment. While waiting for dinner, I noticed how the light was hitting my brother's hands and captured it. Here's my contribution: http://www.flickr.com/photos/shellyn82/7086330491/

  • Eva Trygger April 17, 2012 06:47 am


  • Lillie April 17, 2012 02:16 am

    Pictures of my class having fun with their hands






  • Brenda Hackett April 16, 2012 10:42 pm

    Going to try and put my hands weekly challenge photo here.

  • Roze April 16, 2012 09:36 am

    Here is my entry.......

  • Roze April 16, 2012 09:23 am

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/rozebds4/6935806048/' title='Hands' url='http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7255/6935806048_da8ed34af6.jpg']

  • Dhiraj April 16, 2012 03:34 am

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/vigdhirajphotography/6864926794/' title='UNCONDITIONAL LOVE' url='http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7036/6864926794_79c93e2378_c.jpg']

  • Lynton April 15, 2012 06:11 pm

    Carnival hands
    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/16486578@N02/6933029940/' title='Carnival hands' url='http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7227/6933029940_2bdabf7f91.jpg']

  • Lynton April 15, 2012 06:06 pm

    Carnival hands

  • Desiree Macalos April 15, 2012 01:38 am

    here's the link to my hand photo


  • Desiree Macalos April 15, 2012 01:32 am

    my cousin's hand...

  • Desiree Macalos April 15, 2012 01:31 am

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/19654678@N00/7076708537/' title='the hand' url='http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5338/7076708537_9af858b8e8_b.jpg']

    my cousin's hand...

  • Joey Bouchard April 14, 2012 10:52 pm

    Something a bit different.


  • kylie j April 14, 2012 10:32 am

    Link to my 'Hands' photo

  • kylie j April 14, 2012 10:30 am

    My hands photo ;)
    [url=http://www.flickr.com/photos/phototink/6929058216/][eimg url='http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7137/6929058216_4f43f6d802.jpg' title='6929058216_4f43f6d802.jpg'][/url]
    [url=http://www.flickr.com/photos/phototink/6929058216/]hand[/url] by [url=http://www.flickr.com/people/phototink/]Photo Tink[/url], on Flickr

  • Julie April 14, 2012 02:44 am

    here's mine:

  • VK April 14, 2012 01:59 am

    My friend's hands and his bay[eimg url='http://farm5.staticflickr.com/4136/4927684241_9922b3fe54_z.jpg' title='4927684241_9922b3fe54_z.jpg']

  • Felicia April 14, 2012 12:35 am

    Take 2: Didn't seem to twork the first time, so if this posts twice, I;m sorry.

    As much as I like pulling out the camera, this made me think of a photo I took a couple of years ago as a photo shoot. I entered into a local photography competition and received a commendation on it. I felt this was perfect for this assignment!

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/79036051@N06/7073520281/' title='Community' url='http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7266/7073520281_eef9755357.jpg']

  • Aline April 13, 2012 11:40 pm

    Here is my picture of a friend.


  • Mary Orndorff April 13, 2012 11:25 pm

    Trying for the first time, hope this works. I really liked these hands.[eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/wvmeo/7073607735/' title='Hands' url='http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5232/7073607735_92a54ba780.jpg']

  • alvaro sanz April 13, 2012 10:56 pm

    [eimg url='https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-0u66x_nN23U/Trfe5ARBdVI/AAAAAAAAZro/v6v14u3tZB4/s398/091101_nannok+ac+mera_139.jpg' title='091101_nannok+ac+mera_139.jpg']

  • Leslie L April 13, 2012 09:20 pm

    Here are a couple from Easter:



  • vijay April 13, 2012 08:56 pm

    Here's one -


  • Donna Sherwood April 13, 2012 07:30 pm


  • Beth Wode April 13, 2012 05:34 pm

    I was intrigued by this man's hands when I was in Africa. He kindly allowed me to photograph them


  • Rene Talbot April 13, 2012 02:36 pm

    Here are my aunt and uncle at the renewal of their vows


  • Aline April 13, 2012 12:06 pm


  • Dee P April 13, 2012 12:03 pm

    This is from my photoblog. This post is one that I took while working at our church's nursery today.[eimg url='http://deeandhercamera.blogspot.com/2012/04/naptime.html' title='naptime.html']

  • Aline April 13, 2012 12:02 pm

    I am new at this so I hope I did this right. Most of my photos are of musicians. I would like some feedback so I know how I'm doing. Thanks.

  • Christine Tabasa April 13, 2012 11:01 am

    this is me holding my grandma's hand

    it’s been quite some time now since old age has finally caught up with my lola. my family has been having a hard time coping with her condition now because we can still remember how vibrant and enthusiastic she was the past few months. with a blinking of an eye, life has changed for her and for us.
    so for now, we are holding on…to the beautiful life she has lived with us, to the wonderful years of great and picturesque memories, for the loving lola that she is, for the time God has let us spend with her…we are holding on…
    hold on Lola Salud. We love you very much!

  • Sheeba April 13, 2012 08:49 am


  • Dest April 13, 2012 08:29 am

    Here is my older brothers hand.

    [eimg url='https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/574968_432233596793329_100000200770693_1970629_956977685_n.jpg' title='574968_432233596793329_100000200770693_1970629_956977685_n.jpg']

  • Nancy April 13, 2012 07:19 am

    a shot of my son's hands

  • Kristel Mead April 13, 2012 06:16 am

    One of the photos I took doing a Newborn session; Mom's, Dad's, and Baby's hand.[eimg url='http://kmeadphotography.files.wordpress.com/2012/04/dexter039crop.jpg?w=700&h=' title='dexter039crop.jpg?w=700&h=']

  • Beth Wode April 13, 2012 06:02 am

    I was intrigued with this man's hands while I was in Africa. he was kind enough to let me photograph them.

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/bethwode/4375671260/' title='Let us Pray' url='http://farm5.staticflickr.com/4070/4375671260_43fdec0fbb_z.jpg']

  • Judy Harrow April 13, 2012 05:09 am

    What really interests me is creative hands in action. I have a set of shots of creative, working hands on Flickr.


    and here are my two favorites of the set:

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/34288646@N05/4045159549/' title='piano hands' url='http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2537/4045159549_85526498b1.jpg']
    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/34288646@N05/5005364042/' title='Potter's Hand' url='http://farm5.staticflickr.com/4086/5005364042_720943d248_z.jpg']

    warmly / Judy Harrow

  • Donna Sherwood April 13, 2012 04:58 am


  • Gretchen April 13, 2012 04:50 am

    I love hands. Here is one of my son a couple of weeks after his birth...
    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/8720168@N02/7071479841/' title='IMG_2644 flckr size' url='http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5152/7071479841_535645ca06.jpg']

  • Toc April 13, 2012 03:23 am

    Having lunch with my mom gave me a perfect chance to snap a 'hands' photo.[eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/41673227@N03/6925144654/' title='Coffee Break, "#DPSHANDS"' url='http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7091/6925144654_059ea19e95.jpg']

  • Milan April 13, 2012 02:57 am

    Here two quite different pictures of hands: Male and female, worshiping and eating ...


  • Shardayyy Photography April 13, 2012 01:59 am


  • Joe April 13, 2012 01:28 am

    My son playing piano. I was short on skill but big on luck with this photo. Thanks!

  • Justin Wong April 12, 2012 07:57 pm


    My entry! Parents were holding each other's hands :)

  • Ashwin Kumar N April 12, 2012 09:33 am

    Here is my take.. taken a while ago


  • Olaf Kramer April 12, 2012 06:25 am

    Preparing tomatoes to dry in the sun, Puglia, Italy:

  • Ali Jumani April 12, 2012 01:18 am

    Hands from a while back


  • Ali Jumani April 12, 2012 01:16 am

    Hands from a while ago


  • Neil Barraclough April 12, 2012 01:09 am

    My cousin....


  • Gabriele April 12, 2012 12:52 am

    Here my family hands...


  • Rony April 11, 2012 10:05 pm

    Here are two from my photostream :)


  • Olaf Kramer April 11, 2012 08:41 pm

    Preparing the tomatoes for sundrying, Puglia, Italy:


  • John St. Jelly April 11, 2012 10:58 am

    Here's my entry, of my dad building furniture in his workshop at Easter:


  • Steve Perry April 11, 2012 10:36 am

    Here are a couple of shots. I could not decide on the colour one or black and white so I have included links to both.



  • Elizabeth D. April 11, 2012 08:55 am


    This is my photo from this Easter


  • Anita April 11, 2012 05:47 am


  • Anita April 11, 2012 05:46 am

    My hands photo

  • Salman Shaf April 11, 2012 01:56 am

    And a new one:

    Camera Nikon D5000
    Exposure 0.033 sec (1/30)
    Aperture f/5.6
    Focal Length 55 mm
    Date and Time (Original) 2012:04:09 18:41:08-04:00
    Date and Time (Digitized) 2012:04:09 18:41:08

  • Salman Shaf April 11, 2012 01:50 am

    An old one:

    Aperture f/5.3
    Focal Length 40 mm
    ISO Speed 800
    Date and Time (Original) 2011:02:20 12:37:11-05:00
    Date and Time (Digitized) 2011:02:20 12:37:11

  • Adam Keats April 10, 2012 11:48 pm

    4 hands: baby, mom and dad


  • sinsdesign April 10, 2012 11:22 pm

    My son's hand http://www.flickr.com/photos/sinetics/7064234293/in/photostream

  • thomas g. April 10, 2012 10:45 pm

    Took a fresh shot last night -- had lots of fun setting it up and getting it shot!


  • Shantanu Saha April 10, 2012 08:35 pm


  • Anna April 10, 2012 08:13 pm

    A small hand


  • Anna April 10, 2012 08:12 pm

    Hands holding you safe.


  • Dhanika Choksi April 10, 2012 05:50 pm

    This old man was playing the flute with his nostrils !!


  • Dhanika Choksi April 10, 2012 05:47 pm

    playing the flute with his nostrils !!

  • Tammy April 10, 2012 03:59 pm

    My friend's 3 yo. out collecting eggs from the coop. These were his favorites.


  • ruslanas April 10, 2012 11:39 am

    here's one:

  • Archie Triantafilidis April 10, 2012 09:26 am

    Hand and drawing tell a story


  • Archie Trianta April 10, 2012 09:06 am

    Hand and drawing tell a story.


  • CGMethven April 10, 2012 04:00 am

    Take my hand...


  • Anita April 10, 2012 03:54 am

    Having problems posting photo ;-(

  • Salman S April 10, 2012 03:46 am

    Here is an old one.....

    and a new one:

  • Anita April 10, 2012 03:38 am

    My hands photo

  • Gustavo J. Mata April 10, 2012 02:40 am

    I did have trouble posting the photo.

    When I used the clicking here an container appeared in the text. But when I tried to submit the comment it did not show up.

    I had use a link in the end.

    Gustavo J. Mata

  • Stefano April 10, 2012 02:07 am

    Little hands...


  • Luis April 10, 2012 02:02 am

    Eli's hands, A beutiful woman with a sensual hands.

  • Billie Thomas April 10, 2012 01:49 am

    I had a blast with this challenge. It was difficult choosing a final photo to share but I hope that you enjoy the final choice as much as I do.


  • Tammy April 9, 2012 11:38 pm

    Does anyone else have trouble with their photos never posting?

  • Sallie A. April 9, 2012 10:41 pm

    My husband playing guitar Sunday afternoon. I added a texture and made it into a fb timeline cover size.


  • dorisrudddesigns April 9, 2012 09:52 pm

    I love photographing hands! Great idea for a challenge. Here's a couple of my favorite hand shots:


  • Sammy D. April 9, 2012 03:58 pm

    This was from a newborn shoot i did a few months ago. I find that getting imagea of newborns hands & feet are very important bc they change so quickly & they really show how tiny they are when put w bigger hands/ feet.

  • Chad April 9, 2012 02:34 pm

    The Piano Man


  • Aurélie April 9, 2012 10:54 am


    OOps I'm sorry, I deleted the other picture by mistakes,so here is the new link!

  • AaDd April 9, 2012 10:02 am

    this is an old one taken on the nyc subway.


  • Rob April 9, 2012 08:18 am

    Here is one...


  • Rosario Velázquez April 9, 2012 07:29 am


  • Larry April 9, 2012 07:13 am

    A shot I took while recently visiting my mother:


    FWIW, this is my first image post to DPS.

  • Gustavo J. Mata April 9, 2012 06:57 am


    The right hand took this picture of her left sister playing on a guitar fretboard.

    Here is the link:



    Gustavo J. Mata

  • Blake Sellers April 9, 2012 06:48 am

    A multi-exposure look done with a long shutter and a few pops from a 20 year old flash.

  • Jen April 9, 2012 06:30 am

    I just did a blog post today about my husband baking hot cross buns - lots of hand shots in there! (And the buns weren't bad either!)


  • Shannon April 9, 2012 04:43 am

    My dad is a wonderful trumpet player, and i just had to take this picture!


  • Jey_K April 9, 2012 04:37 am


  • bobek April 9, 2012 04:17 am

    This one is from Ldakh http://www.flickr.com/photos/pixhektar/5290061030/in/photostream

  • silvia April 8, 2012 11:38 pm

    These are my daughter's hands..
    Happy Easter, Enjoy Life!

  • Furio April 8, 2012 10:51 pm

    Chinese hands... http://www.flickr.com/photos/furioshots/6910457980/sizes/l/in/photostream/

  • Adam April 8, 2012 08:22 pm

    I shot this whilst in Amsterdam last year.


  • Kamrul Hasan April 8, 2012 08:03 pm

    a photograph from Bangladesh


  • Rick Yagodich April 8, 2012 06:40 pm

    OK, let's try this submission again...

  • Sebastiano Favretto April 8, 2012 05:29 pm

    Taking hand photos is one of my favourite things! Here's one of them


  • Zoya Tariq April 8, 2012 05:04 pm

    Here's my photography


  • Subhodeep April 8, 2012 03:46 pm

    Here's is my entry :]


  • Craig April 8, 2012 02:21 pm


  • Tom O'Connor April 8, 2012 01:45 pm

    Here's a new one too:


  • LeBAron April 8, 2012 11:36 am

    This was part of a team building exercise.


  • Crystal Yap April 8, 2012 11:30 am

    Here is my hands photo :)


  • Tim Gardner April 8, 2012 10:50 am


  • Thomas G. April 8, 2012 09:09 am

    I took this one earlier this week and was pretty excited as to how it turned out -- I will have to try for something more targeted on hands over the next few days, though...


  • Craig April 8, 2012 08:34 am


  • Oliver Anderson April 8, 2012 07:43 am

    My Daughter

  • Prati Photography April 8, 2012 04:31 am

    A couple of shots from my side:



  • Jakub April 8, 2012 04:17 am

    And here's one from me :)

  • Average Joe April 8, 2012 03:53 am

    Here's my Hands picture. Hopefully this link works...

  • jope11 April 8, 2012 03:50 am

    Here is one I shot after my son was born...


    And here is fresh springy one... :)


  • themeron April 8, 2012 02:54 am

    mine: http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7111/7044849005_351fcfce64_b.jpg

  • Carole April 8, 2012 02:49 am

    Experienced hands of a coffee plantation worker in Guatemala

  • Seb April 8, 2012 02:33 am

    My 1 day old daughter :


  • evie April 8, 2012 01:29 am

    My boyfriend agreed to let me show off a bit of his collection of tats. Most are a tribute to his deceased father and his time in the Military.

  • Aurélie April 8, 2012 12:37 am

    Here is my contribution:

    I took this one at the Feed Me's concert in Montréal last week.

  • Jakub April 8, 2012 12:22 am


  • Shirley Khor April 7, 2012 11:31 pm

    Congratulations to Johnny and Joan!


  • David April 7, 2012 10:04 pm

    Here are mine http://www.flickr.com/photos/flixel/sets/72157629395043676/ well not my hands if you know what I mean :)

  • David Raimist April 7, 2012 09:10 pm


  • David Raimist April 7, 2012 09:09 pm


  • monish April 7, 2012 08:48 pm


  • Kimberly Blomberg April 7, 2012 01:44 pm

    My husband is real car guy- I think his grease covered, capable hands are just beautiful!

  • Aditya Bharadwaj April 7, 2012 01:41 pm

    a pic that i took of my friend :) !


  • raghavendra April 7, 2012 01:38 pm

    I like this theme in photography challenge

    kids are feeding the goat with their hands

  • Hank Henley April 7, 2012 12:02 pm


    a photo of my two day old grandson last week. Actually a portrait of the dad... strong, powerful, a little edgy, loving and tender

  • Maikel Ramthun April 7, 2012 11:55 am

    This is a picture of my daughter one day after she was born.

  • Myron Lu April 7, 2012 11:21 am

    Here is my picture. :D

  • Katie April 7, 2012 09:26 am

    It’s amazing what a little boy will find fascinating…


  • Lyanne April 7, 2012 08:42 am

    Here's my favorite of a baby photoshoot I did recently. I don't know how to post just the hands though so just scroll down the page and you will find it. I'm sorry for not making it easier! I will learn, I promise.


  • Anand Gopal April 7, 2012 08:41 am

    Took this photo a while back of a potter in rural India. He was really skilled and deft, but he believes that it's a dying art form.


  • Hafiz April 7, 2012 08:35 am

    Hands contest

  • Scottc April 7, 2012 08:27 am

    The "Hand Off"


  • rich April 7, 2012 08:08 am

    I tried not to over think this one. I took a simple macro shot of my hand holding my wrist watch (hence 'hands of time'). If you can excuse my pun, I hope you like the shot:


    As you've probably worked out, shooting your own hands isn't easy. Here is my entry for canon's Photo 5 last year:


  • Jess Conran April 7, 2012 08:07 am

    Here is a photo I took for one of my HSC art projects.


  • Carmina Rodríguez April 7, 2012 08:05 am

    Here's my favorite. It’s from a project I recently finished about tattoos, a world where hands are very important.


    Greetings from Spain!

  • Tom O'Connor April 7, 2012 07:58 am

    Here is my favorite one so far; my daughter loves "love bugs":


  • Ben April 7, 2012 07:56 am

    Here's my picture. I was buying beans from this old guy at a fair in Mexico and I just had to take this picture.http://www.flickr.com/photos/arimou0/6897298142/in/photostream/

  • Carmina Rodríguez April 7, 2012 07:48 am

    Here there are a couple mine. It's from a project I recently finished about tattoos, a world where hands are very important.



    Greetings from Spain!!

  • Martin Cook April 7, 2012 07:39 am

    A couple from this week, when I was just playing around





  • Derek Lyons April 7, 2012 06:53 am

    A project I've been working on for a year now... I know a lot of artisans of various kinds, so I've been photographing them (candid) as they work - Artisanal Hands

  • Melanie Bryan April 7, 2012 06:26 am

    Here's my entry:


  • Dan April 7, 2012 06:09 am

    seems like I am the first person on Instagram to do so...

  • Jeff E Jensen April 7, 2012 05:45 am

    Here's one of my favorite hand images:


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