Contest Winner

Posted: September 2, 2014 in Uncategorized
Winner of the my latest contest is Cheryl Belczak.  She guessed this image was of dew on a mushroom.  I had 26 people with the right guess and they were all entered into the drawing for a free entry into a Macro Boot Camp, and Cheryl was picked.

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If you are gonna make a check list, then check it before you go out.

I teach this every time I do a Macro Boot Camp. You should have a macro reminder list that you can review before you head off for a shoot, so that when you show up you haven’t forget some important piece of equipment.

The other day I drive out to one of the local parks to shoot, and realized I forgot my L-bracket for my camera. I recharged the battery and took off the L-bracket and forgot to put it back on before heading out. Now I can’t mount the camera on the tripod without the L-bracket, and I can’t hand hold a shot to save my life, so no shooting this time.

This is not the first time I’ve forgot to check my reminder list, I’ve got to a shoot and forgot SD cards, and once forgot the tripod.

So I don’t practice what I preach very well.

To avoid looking like this,
please check your macro reminder list.

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Posted: September 1, 2014 in Uncategorized
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Who Cares

Posted: September 1, 2014 in Uncategorized

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Let’s See Your Best Shot

Posted: August 31, 2014 in Uncategorized

Manual Focus

Posted: August 31, 2014 in Uncategorized

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One of my Facebook friends asked about manual focus, which is a good subject that we need to talk about. Some photographers like to use auto focus when shooting, but in the macro world it’s not a good options in some cases. When setting up a macro image and working with very shallow depth afield which happens when we choose a smaller f/stop number, we will have small area of the image in focus, and large areas that will be out of focus. We have to decide what part of the image we want to be in focus, and make sure we get that area in focus by manually focusing our lens on that particular area.

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With this Dragonfly image, I’m using a small number f/stop of 3.5, which will give me very little in focus. Shooting at f/3.5 I may only have a tiny quarter of an inch in focus, and the tiny bit of focus needs to be on the head of the dragonfly. If I choose auto focus, it can’t read my mind that I want to pinpoint the head of the dragonfly for my focus, so we need to manually focus our lens till we see the head of the dragonfly in focus.

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Same with this image of flowers in the dew drops, I’m using a small f/stop number of 2.8 giving me very little in focus. I need pinpoint accuracy of my focus if I want it on the tiny flower inside the dewdrops, and I can’t rely on my auto focus to get me there. I want those flowers in the dewdrops to be the only thing sharp in the images, and the rest of the subjects just a soft blur. I need to manual focus till I see those flower inside the water drops come into nice sharp focus.

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Goatsbeard Portraits

Posted: August 30, 2014 in Uncategorized

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Here are two different styles of flower portraits.

This is a standard flower image, with the whole flower and stem in the frame, it’s nice but has been done a million times before. I have shot plenty of images with this style, but I try to find something interesting within the flower for a little more unique or interesting look.

Don’t be afraid to try cropping your flower tight to add more emphasis on a certain part of the flower. To me the most interesting part of this flower is the nice textures in the center area of the flower. I shot in tight to make the flowers center stand out more and pull your eye to the great details and textures. I angled the camera to get the diagonal line in the stem. Try making your flower shots more unique by finding something in a flower to show off, and shoot it tight.

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