Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Diversify Your Macro Portfolio
Tips and techniques from a master that will take your macro photography to the next level
I shoot with a Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro DSLR and a variety of Tamron macro lenses, ranging from their new 60mm macro lens to the 90mm and 180mm macro lenses. The shorter focal length works well for handholding shots and shooting in close with stationary subjects, and the midrange to telephoto macro lenses offer more working distance between you and your live subjects like butterflies, dragonflies and other critters that will flee as you get close. All my images are shot with my camera on a tripod using natural light, no flash.
Styles And Options
Macro photographers have many styles and options to diversify their portfolio of images. One style that I like to shoot is intimate scenes in nature that have interesting details, colors, contrast, textures and lines, and I shoot these using my lens’ full depth of field with everything in focus. Another style would be to photograph subjects with a wide open aperture, creating a soft dreamlike feel. My favorite style, and one that I find the most challenging, is abstract, where viewers have no idea what the subject is. Last would be some of the great technology at our disposal like the Lensbaby lenses or software programs that create unusual and attractive images.
In nature photography, macro offers the most versatility of styles and more shooting time as you don’t have to travel far to find subjects. Diversity in your macro work will have you thinking more creatively and add fun to your photography.
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