Devil is in the Details

de·tail
dəˈtāl,ˈdētāl
verb
plural noun: details

describe item by item; give the full particulars of.

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For those who have not heard the phrase “The devil is in the detail”, it’s a saying that refers to an element hidden in the details, meaning that something might seem simple at a first look but will take more time and effort to complete than expected

It’s necessary to remember the importance of detail when you want to tell a story through your images.

Take the picture from an art show below as an example.The focus is on the man viewing the art pieces on the wall – but the background tells the story of what is going on during the art show. Details that give sense of place, and the photo will always reveal the heart of any moment.

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Pay close attention to the image I captured in Venice Beach, CA below. You may think that what I wanted to capture was the art on the face of the building. But what really captivated me was the man on the roof.
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As for events, your clients will appreciate you capturing not only the candid moments of them and their guests, but they will definitely appreciate you taking the time to capturing things like the decorations, the desert and candy table, and anything else you notice that took time for them to create. This will ensure that you make their photos and the event memorable.

Lastly, another detail to consider would be the ones that are at far reach. Close ups are fun, but what about the distant images that require you to take out your long lens? (If your budget allows you to buy or rent different lenses, of course). You can either focus on a couple of elements, and create a soft background that doesn’t distract from the main subjects with a long lens – or you can also use a full-frame ultra-wide-angle zoom lens to help capture a crisp background and have a sharp focus on your subject in the same frame.

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Technicality should only serve you as a reference. Your viewers will be able to tell if you were trying too hard, or if you allowed the creative within to capture an image that will translate what you felt during the very moment you went for the shot.

Think about the message you would like to express, and allow your instincts to guide you.

Do you have a keen eye for details? I would LOVE to see your work! Comment below – as always, I would love to see what you create. Please leave a comment with the link where I can follow your work.

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(don’t forget to try to spot the details!)

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3 thoughts on “Devil is in the Details

  1. Nice feed, D! 😊
    Anyway, what do you think about “Perfect Picture”? Could you please describe (on your own mind) about how “Perfect Picture” should be..?

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    1. Thank you so much Ismidita! That’s a good question! Hmmm…I believe that the “perfect picture” is the one that clearly tells the story, or sends the message that the photographer wants to tell. The lighting, color, and tempeture should set the mood of the message. And the photographer should always trust their instinct when going for the shot. Hope this answer is helpful for you! Your feed back and questions are always appreciated. 😊

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      1. Like your answer👍👍 I think I should try to sharpen my instinct to “steal” the good moment. My problem is still about the quickness in manual focus. It takes a while to make the focus is on the right place. Need more training to make me get faster on it😅
        Well, thankyousomuch. It’s very usefull and I’m feeling motivated.🙏✨

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