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It’s great to see the big picture – but zooming in can create a more effective sense of place.
Steve Davey gets you ready for your close ups
Steve Davey | Issue 128 | April 2012
Sometimes you get so blown away by the big picture, you completely overlook the details that sum up the atmosphere of a place. For instance, the Taj Mahal is a mind-blowing building, but focusing on a single carving gives the best impression of the workmanship involved.
Textures can make pleasing detail shots, as can repeating patterns. Rather than snapping a whole elephant, shoot a patch of its crumpled skin; instead of photographing a palm tree, focus on the shadows the fronds cast on the beach; a jumble of chillies can evoke India just as well as the Taj.
To give such details a sense of place, compose your picture to include a recognisable object. Shoot from the side, not straight on, placing the subject against a significant background.
Get closer than a metre or so from your subject and focus can be an issue. The cameras best able to focus nearest are often simple compacts; many feature a close-up or macro mode. If using a DSLR, you’ll need a macro lens, which will allow you to get within a few centimetres of your subject.
You don’t need to get in close, though. Sometimes the flattened perspective given by shooting from a distance with a telephoto lens can accentuate patterns.
To get creative with detail, exploit your depth of field. Using a small aperture will render all of your shot in focus; a wide aperture (shallow depth of field) means only the element you actually focus on is sharp.
Note, shooting up close inherently gives a shallow depth of field. To counter this, use a very small aperture. This results in a slower shutter speed, which can cause camera shake. Use a tripod for stability or a handheld flash to introduce more light; a small reflector can also improve lighting, filling in dark shadows.
Look for repetitions of pattern and shape to create an interesting detail – this can be objects, or combinations of light and shadow.
Rather than just shooting something face on, experiment with shooting it from the side so that it recedes away . Focus on the closest part of the detail and then vary the aperture to alter the depth of field.
To get a real close up you might need to shoot with a macro lens. This allows you to focus much closer than a standard DSLR lens, giving you life-sized images. Many compact cameras have a built-in macro mode, which allows for extreme close-ups.
When confronted by an interesting subject, don’t just take endless versions of the whole thing: look for significant details that may be more powerful and atmospheric – in this case by zooming in.
Don’t just rush through a place: noticing details takes time and creativity. Travel slower and teach yourself to actually ‘see’ what it is that you’re looking at.
Control your depth of field. Either use a small aperture, so that everything is in focus,
or use a wide aperture, which will make the detail that you focus on stand out.
If you want to shoot close-up details with a DSLR, invest in a macro lens, which will allow you to get in closer. These are often quite small and will fit in the bottom of your camera bag.
Steve leads a range of travel photography tours, with land arrangements by Intrepid Travel. Forthcoming destinations include Ladakh and Morocco. For more details, check out www.bettertravelphotography.com
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