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  • Using Macro Techniques in Family Photography

    If you’ve ever taken family photographs whether they be candid shots of your own family, formal portrait shots for a client, friend, or family member or even a “day-in-the-life” type shoot you know that this can be one of the more frantic and stressful types of work that you do.  It’s very easy to get caught up in getting the familiar shots that we’ve all grown accustomed to seeing when we t...

  • Vacation Photography Part 1: Why You Should Shoot on Vacation

    Are you planning a summer vacation this year?  No matter if you’re headed to your favorite beach, mountain cabin, exotic foreign locale or even just staying home for some R&R try to take some time to focus on your photography and get out and shoot. Vacations give us a chance to center ourselves while we unwind and decompress. During these down-times we can refocus our creative energy t...

  • We're Back

    We did what they say you should not, at least as creatives.  We let life overwhelm us a bit and fell off from doing one of the creative things we love namely, this site.  Over the past couple years we have had some job changes, new babies and the other life events that busy families endure. Although these were all wonderful things, The Close-Up Project suffered a bit as a result.  We are no...

  • Behind the Shot

    When you start a project or campaign for a client one of the first questions is: what is the creative vision?  Sometimes it comes from the client, other times it is from an Art Director or Executive Producer.  In this case it was an Art Director who also asked for input and ideas from me.  He and I sat down for a creative meeting, looked through some work I had done on a similar shoot and pu...

  • What Macro Means to Me By Jon White

    Let me start by making it clear that I am not a professional photographer.  Yes, I’ve been paid for a few jobs here and there, mostly friends and family who are looking for some nice portraits or maternity photos.  Photography for me is, at the least, a hobby and at the most an artistic pursuit that allows me to flex my limited creative muscle.  I enjoy all types of photography from landscap...

  • What Macro Means To Me, By Dave Evans

    This is the first in our series “What Macro Means To Me” where photographers and cinematographers talk about what macro imaging means to them and their work.  Macro has as many different applications as there are image-makers and the story of each of these artists is the story of macro imaging.

  • On The Shoot

    Recently I was covering a golf outing for a client.  It was your normal kind of outing assignment.  Lots of group photos, candids, shots with branding and so on.  These can easily be the types of jobs that feel like if you have done it once you have done it a million times. <...

  • On The Shoot

    One of the ongoing debates in the photography world is prime lenses versus the zooms.  It has been going on since the development of the first commercially available zoom lens for still photography in 1959.  Most of the early zooms left a lot to be desired but the technology has come a long way.  Many of the zooms being produced today are outstanding pieces of glass.  So what is the relevanc...

  • Get Your Macro Photography Themed Shirts Here!

    We here at The Close-Up Project are happy to announce that you can now get your very own CUP swag!  We’ve opened a shop over at CafePress.com.  Right now we’re offering just a single design that highlights one of the fundamental principals of macro photography: the ratio of the size of the subject and the size of the image on your came...

  • On The Shoot

    In my position as Studio Manager for Bowstring Studios as well as in my macro specialty business at Six Visuals I shoot a wide variety of assignments.  As we have discussed on this blog in the past I try to add macro style images to any shoot I am on.   This concept is also one of the focuses of the site, including macro images in any type of photography you are doing.  In this, the first ar...

  • Macro Photography, Conventional Wisdom and Stock Sales

    The conventional wisdom I have been given by other photographers about selling macro photography is that the subject has to be perfect.  These are some guys who have been in the business for a long time, having gone through the ringer more than once.  The pictures have to be technically correct of course, but the subject also has to be a flawless specimen.

  • Cape May Monarch Migration - The Making of a Photo Essay - Installment 1

    During the fall of last year I was lucky enough to go to Cape May, NJ to photograph the Monarch Butterfly migration. It was one of the coolest events I covered in 2012. It is amazing to think these butterflies will travel all the way to Mexico and back again. I went with fellow photographer and friend Dan Simon, who is also a contributing author for this blog. During our trips we were a...

  • Turn Your Yard Into A Macro Playground

    One of the first challenges when shooting macro and close-ups in nature is finding access to your subjects. I am fortunate because my wife and mother are both avid gardeners and I have become much more of one over the last few years. So why not make your yard into a garden and thus into a macro playground?

  • Macro Photography In Motion - Tips for Shooting Moving Objects

    Photographing moving creatures encompasses two different possibilities. The first is photographing them while they are on a plant or something similar. Second is photographing them while they are in flight or otherwise on the move. Getting animals on the move adds a more dynamic quality to your shots. It also helps to tell the story of your subject. In this article we are going to take a loo...

  • Welcome to The Close-Up Project - A Resource for Macro Photographers

    What is The Close Up Project? It has been a dream in the making for the last two years. It is the vision of two friends who want to share their love of photography and their love of macro work. The Close Up Project is a site focused on macro and close-up imaging.

  • Why I Shoot Raw When Shooting Macro

    If you ask 10 different photographers why they shoot the file type they do you will get 10 different answers.  Every photographer has their own work flow, partly based on need and partly based on preference.  Whatever your preference or your habit this is why I shoot Raw.

  • A Boy and His Toads

    Over the summer I was shooting in the acre of gardens at my Mom’s house when my 4 year old son came running up. “Dad. The toad wants to help,” he says. My son loves toads like no other creature. All summer he will go on toad hunts to try and find them, making them toad habitats as he says. He has been paying attention while his brother was doing science. Sometimes he will even put them in th...