Last week you guys worked on finding your intention in photography. We talked about how knowing your lighting before hand will impact your photographs. Or how knowing what kind of photographs you want to end up will affect your settings. Another key component in your creative process is your attention to detail. No matter what the purpose of your images are, your intent directly impacts how you choose to frame a subject. Paying close attention to the details will help make your photographs stand out.

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The intention behind your photograph should determine whether you are representing something in either a symbolic or literal sense. Are you emphasizing an interesting visual characteristic in your subject? Are you drawing attention to an interesting elements?

There are a few things to look for when searching for the details.

Attention to Detail

Week 14: 3/30-4/5

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You can find texture almost anywhere! However, it can be difficult to photograph or represent accurately in your image. Use side-lighting to create contrast and define textures in your shot. Use hard light, lighting that creates sharp-edged shadows, to maximize the highlights of your subject.

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Depth of Field

When showing off details, I tend to use a shallow depth of field. This means I tend to shoot with a wider aperture {f/ 1.8 or f/2}.  A shallow depth of field will help you focus on a specific area or detail. In some cases, you may find that a greater depth of field works better for details. It may just depend on your intention! Study your subject carefully to determine with depth of field would work best.

In the picture below, I used a very shallow depth of field to help show off that texture of the shells on the wall. Originally, took the photo straight on. However, I found it did nothing to show off the interesting texture of the artwork. I had to really get up close for this one! I was actually pressed up against the wall to get this shot.
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Your Angles

As I just mentioned, your angles can really help capture the details. Depending on your camera angle, you can really emphasize a detail. When you shoot straight on or overhead, you may find that you can see some of the details in your subject but you don’t get a sense of size. By moving your angle slightly, voila, you capture a sense of size. This also works well when photographing people or pets. By shooting overhead on an angle the light will emphasize the eyes.

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Reflections & Patterns

When using reflections and patterns in your photographs, you want to make sure the viewer will still be able to understand what the subject is. Try using a pattern or a reflection in your composition to help support your subject.  Framing your subject is key! This will help make clear what your actually shooting. The rule of thirds can really help with this. Your image will come to life if you align your subject on one of the intersecting points of the grid.

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Your challenge this week is to pay close attention to detail. Capture the fur on your cat’s ears, textures in your home or on your morning hike. With spring finally arriving, this is also a great opportunity to show us what signs of spring you see in your neck of the woods. Make sure to like our Facebook page and share your pictures there!