Life is stitched together by details. Probably a number of details so immense that we can’t even begin to comprehend it. Think about the space you are in as you read this.
What is around you? Are you outside? Are you inside? Is it light? Dark? Are there plants around? Do they have leaves or flowers? What kind of colors stand out? Is there anything on the ground? Anything on the walls? Are there people around? Animals? Are there very large items around you? Or are they mostly small items?
These are just a few things that you can think about to start noticing details right away.
As this post is being written, there are about 7 details that catch the eye right away. The pattern of our favorite yellow rug on the floor, the pattern of the buttons sewn on our upholstered sofa, the names of influencial people in history on our bookshelf, the tiny needles of our candelabra cactus, glittery flags from our wedding cake topper, a fluffy white blanket, and an owl.
Details of a room
Once you know how to look for details you can use that skill to enhance your photography as an art. This article by Dan Bailey has a lot of great information on creating detail!
Here are the five points he gives in that article:
- The single detail
- Details that give a sense of place
- Larger details
- Lines and textures
- Human details
Now here are some photos from us that illustrate those points:
The Single Detail
Details that give a sense of place
Lines and Textures
As you can see from the details above, detail shots don’t necessarily mean macro shots. In fact, we don’t actually have a macro lens at all. Details can give clarity to your surroundings and showcase interesting or unique things in common places.
Detail photography has some nice benefits too! Here are three points from us:
- It challenges you to see photographs in elements, rather than the whole scene.
- It’s also helpful in story telling or photo journalism. It creates more compelling and informative photos, than general snapshots.
- It helps you learn the basics of composition, by forcing you to think outside the box focusing on a little piece of the big picture. Rather than just snapping a photo of a pretty scene.
Share your detail photos with us, use #MyPhotovation when posting your photos on Twitter or Instagram.
Thanks for reading!
-Matt & Tab