Carry a Reminder List

Posted: February 1, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

Carry a reminder list
Sometimes when you are just starting out in macro, it is hard to keep track of all the things to do when you set up your shot.Here are a few things you can write down and carry with you into the field as reminders.
Always check your settings before you shoot.
* Check to see if you have set the correct white balance.
* Check to see if you have set the correct ISO.
When shooting a flower or bug, always position your camera angle toward the least distracting background.
Find the camera view with the background as far away from the subject as possible to help blur the background.
After you have framed the subject, search out any distractions in the background and eliminate them or change the camera angle.
Watch the edges of the frame for any distracting objects creeping into the frame.
Use diffuser to eliminate any harsh lighting from overhead.
Use reflector to add light in dark areas.
Set your f-stop,
*Smaller number – Smaller amount of focus
*Larger number – Larger amount of focus
Look for subjects with, contrast, textures, interesting lines, special lighting.
Before you shoot, think are you just documenting this subject or creating art.
Maybe you can come up with some of your own things to remember when out in the field.

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Even better idea is to type it out on your computer, print and trim to smaller size and have it laminated.

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You Gotta Post Process

Posted: January 29, 2016 in Uncategorized
I tell people all the time and teach those in my Macro Boot Camps how important it is to have image processing tools and learn how to use them. All the best photographers do great post processing. It doesn’t come out of the camera finished, it just gives you a starting point. If you don’t have processing tools, stop buying more cameras, and lenses, and invest in software.
Here is a perfect example of a very bland colorless image, that was transform into a colorful detail image. This is a lid to a jewelery box I bought at a shell shop in Florida. I could see some faint colors in the subject, and knowing how the Nik Software Color Efex Pro works, it would pull out those colors.
Here is the image straight from the camera. Pretty boring.

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I used Nik Software’s Color Efex Pro 4, and applied three different filters and ended up with this finished image.. A huge difference from the original, the software pulled out the colors, details, and added depth which gives it a more realistic three dimensional feel.

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Just finished a great two days at the Villages in Florida doing a workshop and a presentation for the camera clubs of the Villages.  Off to Atlanta for a presentation tonight for the Georgia Nature Photographers Assoc.  It’s free to all GNPA members and $15 for non members.
WHEN: January 28, 2016  from 7:00-9:00pm
WHERE:
Norcross Cultural Arts and Community Center
10 College St.  Norcross, Ga.
ADMISSION:
FREE for GNPA Members
Non-members: $15.00

Taking Better Photo – 40 Tips

Posted: January 27, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

Here’s a nice post at Petapixel on taking better photos.
http://petapixel.com/2014/01/24/40-tips-take-better-photos/

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Working The Clutter On The Beach

Posted: January 26, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

The beach is a great place to find cool macro subjects like feathers, driftwood, odd critters and sea shells, Here is an area on the beach that has a mass of piled up sea shells. Not a pretty picture, and just to much chaos for the mind to take in.
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Now lets work in a little closer on some subjects. Now I’m seeing a little more of the subjects.

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Let’s move in even closer and the shells start to have more impact for the viewer.

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Now lets add in a cool subject like this starfish I found on the beach, and it adds a nice touch to the shells. If you want more impact, move in closer and fill the frame with the subject when you’re working in clutter.

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What a Fun Group

Posted: January 25, 2016 in Uncategorized
Me with the LRDP club hat on, and a group of photographers from the Lakewood Ranch Digital Photography Club that helped set up and attended my Macro Boot Camp last weekend in Bradenton, Florida. They were a fun and enthusiast group that were a pleasure to work with. There were other photographers there as well that were equally as fun and enthusiast.   Thanks for a good time.

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Before and After

Posted: January 25, 2016 in Uncategorized
Here is the image out of the camera.

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Here it is processed with Dark Contrast and Solorization in Nik Software’s Color Efex Pro and cropped a little.

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