(I’ve Got) Bugs On the Mind
Sep08

(I’ve Got) Bugs On the Mind

Today’s Post by Lowell Padgett Each morning for several days in May I’d go out on my deck and take photo of the cicadas, noisy little creatures that invaded and delighted me. I quickly discovered it is difficult to get good detailed and rich colors of them. Tip: You must avoid direct sunlight. Their wings become like mirrors and you lose color and detail. I was surprised to learn they had different temperaments. Some will quickly...

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Macro Monday: Useful Close-Up Accessories
Jun02

Macro Monday: Useful Close-Up Accessories

Close-up photography conjures up visions of macro lenses, ring lights, and tripods but there are other, unsung accessories, that can make your macro photography easier and more fun too. A tripod alone is not always enough to assure sharp and steady focus. When focused at the most critical distance you can’t always move the tripod back and forth in tiny, precise increments to produce the sharpest possible focus. That’s why I mount...

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Solving Macro Photography Problems
Jul05

Solving Macro Photography Problems

Special Guest post by noted nature and landscape photographer, Peter K. Burian. All images © Peter K. Burian, All Rights Reserved. The following tips are those that have proven highly useful in my own outdoor stock photography. A few came from “brain storms” in a moment of need; others were suddenly remembered from something I read years earlier; and several were offered by fellow photographers who generously shared their own tips. In...

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Using Close-Up Filters for Macro Photography

I often hearing people saying, “there’s nothing to photograph!” but what they usually mean is that there are no beautiful blue skies filled with puffy clouds or they’re not on the beach in Cancun. Heck, I wished I was in Mexico right now but if you take the time to look around there are great photographs just waiting to be captured. One of the least obvious photo ops is getting up close and personal with your subject and making macro...

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Three Useful Macro Tips!
Apr09

Three Useful Macro Tips!

Special Guest post by Jason Anderson At some point, the allure of macro photography in all its intricate detail entices us all to either buy or rent some glass that has the power to take us to the enchanting 1:1 ratio where we can see things full size!  When you do take the plunge though, there are a couple things to keep in mind when capturing macro-scale photographs: #1 – Stay sharp or stay home – Nothing loses the appeal of macro...

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Macro Photography with Extension Tubes

Look for a related post on using Close-Up Filters next month on Learning Digital Photography. Want to get closer than close-up filter will allow? Stage II up the macro-focusing ladder is accomplished by adding an extension tube (or two) to your existing lens. Extension tubes provide the additional separation between your lens and imaging chip that’s required for close-up photography. You might think of it as an alternative to the more...

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Macro Photography on a Budget
Jan26

Macro Photography on a Budget

The classic definition of macro photography is that the image projected onto the digital sensor (or film plane) should be the same size as the subject. At a 1:1 ratio, an SLR with a full-sized chip should have the ability to produce life-size magnification and focus on an area as small as 24×36 mm. Lens manufacturers sometimes describe a lens’s close-focusing capabilities as “macro” even if it doesn’t quite meet that definition and...

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