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  • Macro University: Exposing for Blacks

    Getting good details in black colored subjects can be a challenge.  It is easy to underexpose and clip the the blacks leaving no detail.  It is also possible to overexpose them cause them to feel washed out and hollow.  Getting that exposure just right can be the difference between a great image and a mediocre one.

  • Macro University: How Light Meters Work

    When you go to take an images with your camera it uses an internal light meter to determine the exposure settings that are best for the scene.  Have you ever wondered where those numbers come from or how the light meter is determining them? The answers will affect how you shoot and what exposure you ultimately want to use.

  • Macro University: Color 1, White Balance

    Why does white balance matter, if I shoot raw I can just fix it later right?  Have you ever said these words?  White balance matters for several reasons.  First, it will save you a ton of time in post if you nail it correctly while shooting.  Second, even when you fix it in posit will never look quite the same.  I feel like there is always some color shift and a lose of pope to the image.

  • Macro University: Exposure, Deeper Look 1 : F-Stop vs T-Stop

    If you’re even somewhat serious about your photography you are most like very familiar with the term “F-Stop.”  We are all used to seeing the F-number on our lenses which tells us the maximum F-stop that the lens is capable of.  We know that we can manipulate our depth of field by adjusting the F-stop.  However, this is only part of the story.  There is another, much less understood term: T-...

  • Macro University: Exposure 1, Determining Exposure

    Exposure is one of the most important concepts in image creation.  Whether photography or cinematography the principles are the same.  In either case you are using light to turn your creative vision into reality.  The key is learning how to manipulate the light to match your vision.

  • Macro University: Composition 2, Guiding The Viewers Eye Through The Image

    The basic concept of composition revolves around what to include in your image and where it appears within the frame.  As you go through the process of creating your image there are many things to consider,  one of them being how do you want to guide the viewer’s eye through the image?

  • Macro University: Composition 1, The Rule Of Thirds

    When you set out to take a photo one of the first questions you ask yourself is:  what do I want to include in the frame?  The position of your subject within the frame of your photograph is called composition.  Like many aspects of photography, composition is a fairly easy concept to understand but can be extremely difficult to master. Good composition is one of the factors that can help to...

  • Macro University - Culturally Speaking, What Is Macro Photography

    This is the third and final article in our “What Is Macro?” series.  Macro photography has come to have a variety of different meanings in the world today.  It is a term used loosely to describe an idea, a small subject shown as large with greater detail than normally seen.  It does not have to be an image of 1:1 reproduction with this understanding. ...

  • Macro University - Philosophically Speaking, What is Macro

    This is the second in our three part series "What is Macro".

    Philosophically macro is a perspective through which one looks at the world around them, of trying to view the small details making up the larger world.  We see the big stuff everywhere we go, the bridge that is a part of our daily commute or the tree standing by the house.  But how o...

  • Macro University - Technically Speaking, What is Macro Photography?

    This post is the first in a three part series looking at "What Is Macro".  Through out the series we will examine macro photography from a technical, philosophical, and cultural perspective.  In today's photography world there are a wide range of images that claim to be macro photographs.  We'll take...

  • Exposure With Ice And Snow

    Winter storms are a unique time to shoot, both during and immediately afterward.  They change the landscape as well as show the details of subjects in a different way.  These features play to one of the strengths of macro photography, showing the world from a different perspective.   However, ice and snow do provide some interesting challenges when it comes to exposure.

  • Importance Of Renaming Your Images

    We generate a lot of images as photographers.  Be it as a professional or an enthusiast you will develop an image library or catalog over time.  The challenge is being able to find images in your catalog down the road.  Thus enters the value of renaming your images.

  • 3 Macro Butterfly Photography Tips

    Butterflies are majestic creatures.  They are a popular choice for photographers and one of my favorites.  I love the uniqueness of them, unlike other animals I photograph.  They have a mystery and curiosity about them while being something readily identifiable and familiar.  Capturing all of these qualities is one of our great challenges.

  • Macro Photography, Depth Of Field and Sensor Size

    One of the guiding dynamics in macro photography as always is depth of field.  There are many factors influencing DoF, several of which have been discussed on this site in other articles.  The size of the sensor in your camera will also play a roll in depth of field, in an indirect way.

  • 5 Tip for Better Macro Insect Photography

    Insects are one of the most iconic subjects in macro photography.  The detail revealed about them shows us a look into another world, whether it is seeing the hair you did not know they had or staring them in the eye as if they are checking you out as well.  We have all stared in wonder at these images.  There are also those who see these images and are creeped out by the sight.  Regardless ...

  • DoF Calculator, A macro photographers friend

    I have a great app on my IPhone that I would like to share with you, the Martin Bailey Photography App.  Martin Bailey is an awesome photographer with an incredible body of work.  He has done some great flower close-ups as well as inspiring wildlife photography around the world.

  • Manually Focusing For Macro

    Over the last week I have been doing a lot of flower pictures with my macro lens and extension tubes.  With the combination of a macro lens and extension tubes I was regularly at magnifications greater then 1:1.  When shooting at higher magnifications autofocus becomes less and less effective.  Given all this, I thought it would be a good time to talk about manual focusing.

  • 5 Tips for better flower photography

    Flowers are one of the most popular outdoor subjects in photography. Everybody loves to go out and take pictures of them in their yard, on vacation or as they are out and about. Every photographer that I know has spent time working on their flower photography. They have an incredible variety of colors, shapes, sizes and smells. If only the camera could record smell. Here are 5 tips to help p...

  • 5 Simple Tips for Macro Beginners

    I’ve always been interested in photography but I’ve only been taking it seriously for about a year or so now. I know that as a beginner you can find yourself overwhelmed and feeling inadequate when you start diving into photography. Your photos never seem to measure up to the masterpieces you see all over the internet these days. And you read about the latest great lens or the newest body ...

  • Archiving Your Macro Photography

    If you don’t have it twice you don’t have it, so goes the saying in the business. It means one copy of your images on the computer is not enough. What if something happens to your hard drive?  Lose the drive and all of your work goes with it. I have been working on switching some of my hard drives around and updating my backup system. It seems like a good time to talk about what makes a good...

  • Hand Held Macro Photography

    Many people have asked if you can shoot macro hand held. Yes you can. There are times when shooting this way is far preferable to using a tripod. Insects, reptiles and other animals will require you to be able to shoot without a tripod as will working from a ladder with tall subjects. There are two ways to shoot hand held. The first is with available light, which is what this article will fo...

  • Depth Of Field in Macro Photography. (There’s not much.)

    One of the defining characteristics of macro photography is the extremely limited depth of field. Depth of field (DoF) refers to the section of an image in focus. Depending on the lens, aperture and distance to the subject it can range from millimeters to infinity. With macro photography you will be measuring it in millimeters. Every photographer will need to learn to use DoF as a creat...

  • What is Macro Photography?

    The term macro photography is one used loosely in today’s world. Many people and companies in the industry use it to convey a meaning although it does not fit the true definition of the term. In popular culture it has taken on that same sense, to convey something small being photographed to look large. If you have a close-up of an insect or plant it is usually called a macro shot. Part of...