Aim and Fire Friday

Capturing the details is a big part of any photographer’s job and it’s a great part. It’s like going on a treasure hunt to make the unseen seen and the common extraordinary. It’s part of the poetry in photography.

What are the details? Maybe we’d be better off asking what the details aren’t. Details aren’t necessarily close up shots taken with a macro lens or super expensive equipment. Detail shots are more about taking a small aspect of a scene and making it the focal point. That’s a lot more manageable isn’t it? That means detail shots can be taken with any camera and any lens. Details are about the way you see things.

Here are a few examples . . .

In this photo our attention is drawn to two old chests, more specifically their rope handles – a detail that might have otherwise gone unnoticed.


Two typical genres were we see detail shots more frequently used are food photography or flora.

Butter - a bakers best friend (especially when coupled with flour and sugar. ;)

  Our eye is first drawn to the water drop but take a look at the texture in those petals - amazing!

Detail shots can also be used when photographing architecture.


There’s a lot that can be done with detail shots. Remember though, it’s about finding the hidden treasures all around you that might go unnoticed unless someone like you is looking for them. Treasures like . . 

Hands holding love . . .

or dark eyelashes brushing soft on cheeks . . .  

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