Finger Pics or How not to take watch photos

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Finger Pics or How not to take watch photos

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Hello friends! Here is a quick primer for all those aspiring photo journalists or faux photo experts on how not to take watch photos - which includes methods for keeping fingers, thumbs, palms and other extraneous materials and distracting backgrounds out of your watch photos.

When photographing your watch, whether you are placing it up for sale or adding your photographs to an internet forum thread, nice, pleasing photographs that do not distract from the subject matter of the photograph are always a plus. Too often, the person photographing a watch depicts more background distractions and or fingers/hands in the photo than the subject matter which is your watch.

Let the subject matter of your photographs be the object or centerpiece of your photographs and not distracting backgrounds or body parts. This will make your photographs much more professional looking and pleasing to the viewer.

Below are some examples of the notorious "finger pics" which I refer to when watch photos depict more of your fingers or hands/palms or other body parts instead of the subject matter of the photograph. And seriously folks, I know it is hard to believe but when viewing watch photos, nobody cares to see your dried out palms, oversized stretched-out skinny fingers or fat thumbs, poorly manicured and/or dirty hands or chewed-up fingernails.

Below are examples of some watch photos with plenty of extraneous fingers, palms and/or hands which distract from the subject matter.

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Here are some palm pics which make for some interesting subject matter!!! If the photographer needed his palms read, some of these photos would probably work quite well! :roll:

Then you have the gloved hand pics. Why anyone would need to wear gloves to hide their hands when photographing a watch is beyond my pay grade to comprehend. Why not set the watch down and photograph it?

The best ones are from the "nail biters" or the "dirty nails / poorly manicured" hands. These will always make you cringe. Additionally, depicting your watch in a photo with a dirty workbench will do nothing to help you sell your watch.

In conclusion, take some time and a little extra effort the next time you need to photograph your watch and keep the watch the subject of your photographs. After all, there are probably thousands of viewers looking at your photos and hopefully they are making a good impression for someone.

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