I wrote an article for Outdoor Photographer magazine few years ago called “Diversify Your Macro Portfolio”. It talked about varying the different styles that are available in macro. Over six days I explore those various styles, and today is part five, Post Processing.
Creativity in macro doesn’t have to end at the time the shutter is released. We have the technology to add some interesting effects to our images in post processing. One of my favorite Photoshop plug-in programs is Nik Software’s Color Efex Pro. This program has 52 creative filters with 250 effects, so there’s a lot to work with to make your images pop.
This background is one of my ice image prints, and I added the butterfly mount on top of the print. I used Color Efex Pro for the bicolor effect.

This image was processed using texture overlays to achieve this look.

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I wrote an article for Outdoor Photographer magazine few years ago called “Diversify Your Macro Portfolio”. It talked about varying the different styles that are available in macro. Over six days I explore those various styles, and today is part four, Back Lighting.
When it comes to lighting, you can’t beat an overcast day for beautiful soft lighting and color saturation. When I’m shooting with bright sunlight, I carry a 12-inch collapsible diffuser to shade the subject. This gives me a nice even light and takes away any harsh sunlight and distracting shadows. There are times when the sunlight is our friend by creating back lighting.
With the sunlight shining on the backside of the subject, it highlights the outer edges, causing it to glow.

This Flower is backlit by the early morning sun creating the nice highlights

Back lighting on Leaves

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A Few More Critter Shots

Posted: June 26, 2015 in Uncategorized
Heading out this morning for the “Out Of Chicago Photo Conference” which should be lots of fun. I’ll be presenting tonight and doing a photowalk tomorrow morning.  Sunday offering three levels of macro.  Before I leave I wanted to post two more of my tiny critters from yesterday mornings shoot.

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The best way to capture shots of small bugs, critters, is get up at daybreak on a cool morning with no wind, and search the little guys out in open field grass.  When the temperatures drop at night, the critters body temps go down and in the morning they stay perfectly still and unable to fly away until they warm up.  This allows me time to set up my tripod and shoot with out having to rush.  In this image you can see two butterflies on the right side and on the left side in the middle you see a little bit of black in the grass and that is a dragonfly.

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Nikon D7000 – Tamron 16-300  /  Shot at f/11

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Sometimes when these guys are in clutter grass you don’t always get the nice clean backgrounds, so I will shoot in the lower f/stop numbers, and this one was shot at f/8.

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I wrote an article for Outdoor Photographer magazine few years ago called “Diversify Your Macro Portfolio”. It talked about varying the different styles that are available in macro. Over six days I explore those various styles, and today is part four, Back Lighting.
When it comes to lighting, you can’t beat an overcast day for beautiful soft lighting and color saturation. When I’m shooting with bright sunlight, I carry a 12-inch collapsible diffuser to shade the subject. This gives me a nice even light and takes away any harsh sunlight and distracting shadows. There are times when the sunlight is our friend by creating back lighting.
With the sunlight shining on the backside of the subject, it highlights the outer edges, causing it to glow.

This Flower is backlit by the early morning sun creating the nice highlights

Back lighting on Leaves

_DSC5722 500

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For all you macro photographers near Chicago, I will be presenting a variety of programs this weekend at the “Out Of Chicago Photography Conference” which is held at the University Center in Chicago. Dates are June 26-28.  I will be speaking on Friday evening and two other programs on Saturday and Sunday.  There will be 27 other speakers besides myself.  They will have tons of learning opportunities along with photo walks. Here is a link to more information and to sign up.
www.outofchicago.com/conference

Macro Photo Conference 2015

Sponsored by Tamron and Hunt’s Photo

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Where:  Ramada Hotel,  Seekonk, MA, near Providence,RI.
Dates: October 10th and 11th.
Cost only $199
Bring your camera, macro lens, and tripod for some hands on shooting.
8 excellent speakers.

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Kathleen Clemons will be presenting “The Art of Selective Focus”. You’ll learn best practices for using selective focus to produce artistic, one of a kind photos. Kathleen will give you a stronger understanding of depth of field, and how you can use it to make stronger macro photographs that capture your personal vision of your subjects.
Charles Needle will be presenting “Creative Macro Photography: How to Take Your Close-ups Beyond the Documentary.” In this session, award-winning macro photographer and best-selling author, Charles Needle will teach you how to create unusual and striking artistic close-up images both in the field and in your own backyard and/or home studio.  Using examples from his own backyard “home studio” and macro workshops, Charles will guide you through all the necessary steps to take your macro photography to the next level, covering topics such as equipment/accessories, selective-focus macro, “shooting through” with a telephoto lens, close-up lenses/diopters, wide-angle macro, water-droplet macro, and using “props,” such as iridescent glass, mylar, and everyday household objects.  Charles will also reveal secrets he has learned from his 15+ years of shooting and teaching close-up photography.
John Barclay will be presenting “Crafting your images with Lightroom and plug-ins” John will cover the basics of processing RAW images in Lightroom covering the basic panel, lens correction and capture sharpening. John will then introduce you to “plug-ins” from Perfectly Clear, Topaz and Alien Skin.  These plug-ins can be used to craft your images to be what you envisioned in the field.
Clay Bolt will be presenting “Lessons from the Forest Floor”  No matter where you live, one thing is for certain: just beyond the reach of your gaze is an incredible world of amazing plants and animals living intricately intertwined, beautifully complex lives. We often travel far and wide in search of exotic wildlife when all that has ever been required of us is a willingness to simply slow down and take a closer look. From wasps that turn pitcher plants into cradles for their young to treehopper herding ants, layer upon layer of biological wonder awaits our discovery. Macro Photography is the perfect medium for taking the viewer into this secret world.
Lessons from the Forest Floor guides audience members along a path into this miniature world and teaches them how to explore their surroundings with fresh eyes. Along the way, we’ll also take a philosophical look at ourselves and learn more about what we can do to encourage others to get to know their own local wild places a little better. Filled with beautiful photographs and light-hearted stories about nature, this talk is great for naturalists and photographers of all levels.
Mike Moats will be presenting “The Properly Equipped Macro Photographer.”  Mike covers all the tools for macro photography and explains in simple terms, how depth of field and f/stops work to achieve the best results.
Mollie Isaacs will be presenting Master Creative Macro The Simply Way Love macro? Love flowers? Want to be more creative? Then this is the workshop for you. Learn Mollie’s unique approaches to creating artistic macro images of flowers. You will learn the technical skills, plus the creative skills, to raise your photography to a much higher level. Find out how to tap into your artistic soul.  In addition, you will learn the secrets of setting yourself free by not being tethered to your tripod. This unique approach will enable you to feel an amazing sense of freedom, and will allow you to create beautiful world-class images. Learn compositional techniques for creating strong and artistic macro images. This is macro like you have never done before!
Lisa Cuchara will be presenting “Frogs and Working with Light Tents”  Lisa and Tom Cuchara will have their exotic frogs for everyone to photograph.
Jillian Bell will be presenting “Tamron Lenses”  Jillian is a Tamron tech rep and will cover the different Tamron macro lenses, zoom macro lenses, and answer any questions about lenses.
You will have four hours of hands on shooting in the conference room and we will have the eight speakers plus five more instructors to help you with shooting.
Hunt’s photo will be set up to sell products, and Tamron will have lenses for you to try out.
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