It's Week #13: Details

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Photo by: Avner Leon – Week 34: Wabi Sabi (2015)

My personal access to photography was through the details. When people ask me how I compose a photograph I often explain that I’m just trying to catch up to my brain. As a little kid all I saw around me were the details. A discolored tile in a public bathroom, the hairs on my father’s hand, the hole in my classroom desk. Picking up a camera was just the first time that I could document what I was already seeing, in order to show it to other people.
This week your task is to show other people a detail in your life that one would ordinarily not see. Finding beauty in the small things are as rewarding as finding beauty in the more obvious places. It’s all about the details! Show us your best work! ūüôā


Tips and Tuts for this week:

  • Go macro! Macro is a really great way to capture tiny little details that you might not have noticed otherwise
  • Check out these 5 ways to capture details in your photos!
  • Try using a shallow depth of field to capture a small detail in your subject and isolate it from the rest of your background. Remember:
    • Wider¬†aperture (lower number) +¬†longer¬†focal length + standing¬†close¬†to the subject = a¬†shallower¬†depth of field (less in focus)
    • Narrower¬†aperture (higher number) +¬†shorter¬†focal length + standing¬†further¬†away from your subject = a¬†wider¬†depth of field (more in focus)
  • It doesn’t need to macro. Some examples of details can be: a piece of paper on the floor, a chef putting the finishing touches on a cake,¬†behind the scenes at a fashion show,¬†secret ingredients in baking, etc.. (Thanks to Camille for some of these ideas!)

Looking for more inspiration? Check out The Googles! Oh you sweet Googles. 









Extra Credit: On the Body

For some extra credit joojoo, capture some details on your own, or someone else’s body! The body is filled with TONS of little details. Scars and tattoos can tell amazing stories. Try a macro shot of a mouth filled with laughter lines. Play around with your focus and depth of field to create an abstract shot. Remember, if you are photographing someone else, make sure you have their permission to post the shot!

Check out The Googles for more inspiration!!


Remember, it is¬†not necessary¬†to keep this Extra Credit challenge in mind while shooting. It’s extra credit!

*Please note!! You can only submit ONE photo per week, for the week’s challenge. This photo can include the “Extra Credit” part of the challenge, or the “regular” challenge, but you can never submit more than one photo!

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