Diversify Your Macro Portfolio – Part 2 – Maximize Those Details

Posted: June 22, 2015 in Uncategorized
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 two, Maximize Those Details.
My most Successful and best-selling images have been those with everything in focus. Viewers tend to like the all-in-focus look, as this is how we view the world. Our eyes see with full depth of field, so this style has a natural look. To shoot this style, I set my aperture to the highest f/stop numbers, which on most lenses is in the f/22 to f/32 range.. I know that goes against the grain of most photographers philosophy that shooting stopped down all the way will cause diffraction, or what most experience as a softness in the details. With digital this is not a problem as we can just add more sharpening in photoshop to correct the slight softness from the diffraction.




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  1. Interesting. I’m new to photography and macro. I thought it had to have some blurring to be macro.

    • Mike Moats says:

      Not at all Kerry, in fact all the success I’ve had with contests, selling in art shows, images in magazines have all been images with everything in focus. Most people that view our macro images including photographers don’t seem to like the images with lots out of focus. We do blur out backgrounds on flower images to help clean up the cluttered backgrounds, and that is a good thing.

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