The shot: wide, medium, closeup
The word shot as used here means the distance from camera to subject and the implications of distance for the image. The choice of shot determines the emphasis on and balance between context and subject.
- A detail is a singular thing in an image that conveys meaning. The bows on Dali’s mustache is a detail in this image. What does it tell us about our subject?
- Context means those things surrounding the subject in an image that convey meaning. Context is made up of details. Context tells us something about the who, where, what and why of the subject. This shot, a closeup, has limited context, but the water tells us a lot about where the picture was taken.