Day 29 | Shoot the Details
Architecture and Buildings
What I teach people to do is to do exactly what the pros do, they shoot details. For example, instead of shooting to capture an entire cathedral, instead capture the details that tell the story of what you are seeing. Shoot the doors, the pillars, the stairways, the pigeons gathered on the stairway, or an interesting architectural element of the building rather than trying to capture the entire structure at once. Let your photo tell of the buildings height, or tell of the craftsmanship and the minds eye will fill in the blanks.
By shooting just the details, you engage the viewer in some very compelling storytelling, where a piece is often stronger than an image of an entire building. Show your impression, your view and your take on what you are shooting. After all, this is your art.
It wasn't that long ago for me when I longed to know what it felt like to experience that moment that I would decide to take a shot. Would I ever know what that feels like? That was my never ending question. Then one day it happened, I was staring through my view finder checking my background, my composition, looking for just the right angle, and there it was... that feeling, that moment when my subject looked like she had frozen in time, it was like time had stood still and I realized that I was in that very moment, that feeling I had been longing for. I took the shot and was forever changed. After many times of shooting, I can get that exact feeling and I know just what to look for, it's like magic happens.
You can be close up or far away, taking a microscopic or a panoramic view. You can be on the ground or overhead, capturing the view of an ant or a bird. You can photograph the subject from the front, side , back, top or bottom, from all angles. It is important not to settle too soon on one viewpoint. Try to explore as many viewpoints as you can. If you stop looking you might miss the best view.
People and Surrounding Details
What if I Choose To have a Lot of Details in the Background?
It’s Your Story, Your Art
Today’s Takeaway and To Do’s:
- Grab your camera and head to the city. Take pictures of people, and your surroundings, remembering to capture the details. See if you’re not more pleased with your results.
See you tomorrow!