Details, details

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As in our tips last week on photographing stained glass windows, we tackled on zooming out or backing farther away in order to capture the whole piece. On the other hand, we are advised to zoom in on parts and areas to emphasize details. In my experiences in photographing boats I also follow that process – get it wide to capture the subject whole then zoom in on areas to get some particulars. That way I get as much perspectives and variety in my shots. Details can be a confusing mishmash of objects, colors, lines, shapes and forms such as the picture of a tanker ship below, or it can be a clean image showing the finer points of a fisherman’s gear like the picture above. Why are details important? As in anything else, details comprise the big picture. Let me share a quote from sociologist Howard S. Becker:

“Every part of the photographic image carries some information that contributes to its total statement; the viewer’s responsibility is to see, in the most literal way, everything that is there and respond to it. To put it another way, the statement the image makes – not just what it show you, but the mood, moral evaluation and casual connections it suggest – is built up from those details.”

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3 responses

  1. I’m enjoying your boat series very much, the composition and the colors are spectacular!

    July 10, 2013 at 1:42 am

    • Junsjazz

      Thank you Elisa! Nice to hear from you again. Best regards!

      July 10, 2013 at 3:09 am

  2. interesting I find myself doing just that…or at least trying to. great series!

    July 11, 2013 at 12:19 am

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