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Teach Yourself Macro Photography

Teach Yourself Macro Photography

Open up a whole new world of possibilities with the art of macro photography. Capture tiny things in huge detail and make everyday objects appear larger than life. Teach Yourself Macro Photography covers everything you need to embark on a journey of close-up photography – from the specialist kit required, to picking the perfect subject, shooting creatively and editing to absolute perfection.

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United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Future Publishing Ltd
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welcome to teach yourself macro photograpy

Open up a whole new world of possibilities with the art of macro photography. Capture tiny things in huge detail and make everyday objects appear larger than life. Teach Yourself Macro Photography covers everything you need to embark on a journey of close-up photography – from the specialist kit required, to picking the perfect subject, shooting creatively and editing to absolute perfection. Inside you’ll find projects that will enable you to shoot artistically and gain inspiration from the talented image-makers that we’ve interviewed. If that wasn’t enough we took some readers on a series of miniature adventures with four professional photographers – they found tiny creatures in Cornwall, photographed with a unique field setup, captured artful water splashes and more. This brand new bookazine will help you get up-close and…

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international garden photographer of the year: macro art

MINGHUI YUAN LAST EMBRACE [2ND PLACE] WUHAN CITY, CHINA Dandelion seeds are destined to leave their mother, to fly away in the wind and grow somewhere new; such is their life cycle. There is much inspiration to be taken from this everyday scene: life is ordinary, but ordinary life is also emotional, and even though this depicts a transient event, I wanted keep that important moment of warmth. LBERTO GHIZZI PANIZZA ADORNED BY THE DEW [FINALIST] LUZZARA, EMILIA, ROMAGNA, ITALY A portrait of a damselfly with drops of dew resting on his head. The dew is refracting a wild flower behind the subject. I often take long walks between the floodplains and the riverbanks near my town. Here I found my subjects and inspiration. BARBARA GARDNER ANEMONE [HIGHLY COMMENDED] NORFOLK, ENGLAND The photograph of this anemone was achieved by focus stacking…

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discover magical macro

Macro photography is an incredibly popular genre, most likely due to the vast potential that high magnifications bring to almost any subject. Even everyday objects can be shown in a new light when shot with a macro lens, as detail that is invisible to the human eye is revealed. There are many challenges associated with the area however, ranging from technical and practical issues to creative difficulties, when trying to capture unique shots that stand out from the competition. In terms of composition, it can be difficult to create an immersive experience for viewers of our images, as often we approach macro with a very technical mindset, which can produce very ‘sterile’ images that appear more like record shots than artistic works. In order for images to have real impact they…

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select the perfect lens

When working in such a specific genre, it is essential that you choose the correct tool that will enable you to capture the types of images you desire. If you are new to macro photography, you may choose to opt for a more general-purpose lens model, as these will allow you to get to know the field without making a large financial commitment. Ultimately however, the best results can only be reliably captured using dedicated equipment that has been specifically designed with pro macro shots in mind. Dedicated macro lenses can reproduce the subject at life-size on the camera’s sensor. These feature an optical design which permits very close focusing, while yielding the best possible sharpness and quality at these extreme distances. The focal length you choose will depend upon…

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pick the right subject

A common mistake new photographers can make in any genre is to let the enthusiasm and eagerness to capture a photo get in the way of a well-considered composition. To arrive on location, set up your tripod and immediately start shooting is often not an effective strategy for identifying the best possible viewpoint or subject for your images. By instantly selecting one example and focusing your attention on photographing it, you will likely miss a plethora of other opportunities for great shots – make sure you look around. By choosing the ‘wrong’ subject, you may find it suffers from insufficient colour separation from the background, resulting in an image that lacks dimension and contrast, where your intended focal point is indiscernible. Furthermore, there can be significant size variations among insects and flowers…

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rise to the challenge

Due to the close working distances between the camera and subject, very shallow depth of field and often unpredictable shooting conditions, macro photographers experience one of the most comprehensive set of genre-specific challenges. The margin for error when focusing and selecting a shutter speed in this area is very limited, as only a very minor shift in camera position or misjudgement of exposure can greatly degrade image sharpness. This problem is amplified by the highly detailed nature of common macro subjects – viewers expect to see lots of fine detail, which makes it difficult to hide flaws in shooting technique. It is essential that a high-enough shutter speed is used, so that any movement introduced by wind is frozen. However, since depth of field is severely narrowed at high magnifications,…

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