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One way to become a better photographer is to hang out with better photographers.
Below are two comments left on my facebook photo group called “macro abstracts / soft focus flowers”
“I am not talented enough for your group, I am only beginning to learn photography”
“I mistakenly checked into your talented group. My skills are not commensurate with the standards of this group”
I can understand that they may feel embarrassed posting their images along side of all the great images that are being posted by the members of the group, but that is how you grow as a photographer, by studying and learning from photographers who are doing it well. You surely won’t get worse by posting there, and you may even get some help. So hang out with better photographers and you will become a better photographer.

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GREETING CARD DESIGN CLASS

Posted: July 5, 2015 in Uncategorized

Learn how to make the most of your photographs through this new class offered at http://esunrisedesigns.com   The 4 lessons are: The Basics about creating great greeting cards; Shooting for Cards; Using Text and Photoshop Techniques.  The cost if $75 which includes critiques for each lesson and 10 templates. There is also an option to receive just the materials with no critiques or interaction for $45.

Happy 4th

Posted: July 4, 2015 in Uncategorized

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Fan Palms

Posted: July 3, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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I try and teach flower photographers to create something new, different, artistic, when they set up their compositions.  Here is a Purple Coneflower image that is composed in the simplest, most common, done a million times composition.  The only way to help this image and make it unique and stand out is to create an artistic look through post processing.  I found a new program called Smart Photo Editor which has an amazing amount of creative filters to play with.  I will be teaching this program along with Nik and Topaz programs in my new workshops this fall and next year.

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This adds a whole new look to this simple boring composition. I would not share the original image with my macro photo geek friends on the internet, but this one is now worthy of sharing.

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Nicholas Pappagallo did a video interview with me at the Out of Chicago Photo Conference last week end.  It is posted on Nick’s Photographers Adventure site.  Please check it out.
http://www.photographersadventureclub.com/interview-with-mike-moats-macro-photographer/

Have a reminder list

Posted: July 1, 2015 in Uncategorized
There are many things that we have to remember every time we go out to shoot, whether it be camera functions, composition, subjects, etc. Type up a list of reminders and each time you go out to shoot, read the reminders to refresh your memory. Type it in a small size, trim the paper down to a compact size, have it laminated, and place it in your pack. Here are a few suggestions for your reminder list.
Check ISO before each shot
Check White Balance before each shot
Full depth of field – larger the F/stop number, larger the amount of focus
Shallow depth of field – smaller the F/stop number, smaller the amount of focus
View your subject from all angles for the least distracting background
Look for subjects with interesting textures, contrast, lines
Use rule of thirds
Use a diffuser to cut down on harsh light
Use a reflector to add light in dark areas
You will probably have some of your own reminders to add to the list.

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