Monday, January 21, 2013
Close-up photography allows a photographer to enter a world within a world
Close-up photography allows a photographer to enter a world within a world. Ordinary subjects can be depicted with a fresh perspective in a way not commonly seen. Whether it's an isolated portion of a large subject or an exploration into the mouth of a tulip, an array of new material is presented. Pieces of a whole become entirely new items, details in small creatures are revealed that are too small to notice, and patterns can be created in mundane or ordinarily overlooked subjects. Use and practice the following tips to learn to see the world through macro eyes.
CREATIVE: In keeping with the depth-of-field theme, very narrow depth-of-field provides an effect known as selective focus. This is where wide-open apertures are used to create a result wherein only a sliver of the subject is in focus. This portion of the photo becomes the point of interest and the surrounding counterparts act as out-of-focus support pieces. Explore the depths of your subjects to create abstract patterns. For instance, a butterfly's wing, the graining of wood, a small section of a fabric swatch, or even small portion of an automobile grill may provide striking images of patterns, shapes or textures unseen unless you get close. Traditional guidelines of composition and light still apply when making close-ups, so keep in mind the rule of thirds, leading lines, and modifying the light to produce a pleasing result.
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