I received some invaluable advice many years ago: I was young and naive, and was very keen to get my stock images published – that’s we were going from a business point of view. So I made an appointment with a large publishing company in Cape Town and armed with a huge folder of “slides” (no sending a selection via email in those days) and dressed in our finest business attire Pat and I totted up the stairs to the office of the Publisher – Natural History. She had a massive light box in her office and she poured over our precious pictures, peering at each one with a tiny, but high powered loupe. “Mmmmm”, she said. “Where are the details?”
I was confused. What was she talking about? These were the sharpest, bestest photographs I had, shot on the finest grain films (mostly Fiji Velvia). “You see”, she continued, “you need to zoom in. It’s all very well getting the big picture but we need to get the details as well – images that support the scene and that we can use to build up a story”. It was great advice that I took to heart and the start of a wonderful relationship. We are still in contact many years later even though she’s not in the business anymore. Pity….
Photo Details: I shot this pic in the rainforests of the Republic of the Congo with the Nikon D7100 and AF-S 80 – 400 VRII 330mm which, on that camera, would be the equivalent of 495mm on a full frame body. ISO 280, 1/800sec at f5.6 with -⅔ exposure compensation.
Remember, the devil is in the details…
Roger de la Harpe