PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: THE WORLD OF MACRO PHOTOGRAPHY !

Photos of the Week:  4/5/2018:  The beautiful world of “CLOSE-UPS”

 

I RECENTLY DID A BLOG AND TRAINING SESSION ON HOW TO DO AND ENJOY “MACRO PHOTOGRAPHY”.  (SEE:  https://123photogo.com/2018/04/01/spring-photography-macro-photography/ )  AND THERE WAS JUST SO MANY WONDERFUL PICTURES TO SHARE FROM THIS WEBSITE, AND I, TOO, HAVE SOME PHOTOS TO SHARE THAT WILL JUST AMAZE YOU HOW BEAUTIFUL THINGS ARE WHEN YOU CAN SEE THEM UP CLOSE.  SO LET’S GET SNUGGLY, AND GET UP CLOSE TO NATURE, AND REALLY ENJOY THESE WONDERFUL PHOTOS OF THE “CLOSE-UP” WORLD:

 

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Photo by Masayuki Kamamoto.

 

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Photo by Chikako Onodera.

 

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Photo by Lanny Cottrell

 

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Photo by Masahiro Kimata.

 

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Photo by 田中美希.

 

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Photo by Lanny Cottrell

 

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Photo by Shinichi Saeki.

 

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Photo by Yuusei Nagahata.

 

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Photo by  Lanny Cottrell

 

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Photo by Yasuhito Shinagawa.

 

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Photo by Yasuhito Shinagawa.

 

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Photo by Sandy Cottrell

 

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Photo by Sandy Cottrell

 

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Photo by Adriano Lompi (Italy)

 

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Photo by Adriano Lompi

 

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Photo by 高橋賢悟.

 

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Photo by Takuya Mori.

 

There are over 1000 photos to look at from this website.  All of them unique and done by amazing photographers.  You have just had a touch of what there is to see.  For more photos, go to:  https://www.facebook.com/MacroWorld.tcc/

 

 

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5 COMMON CAMERA SETTING MISTAKES NEW PHOTOGRAPHERS MAKE

New Photographers often make these mistakes:

 

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I recently went through a series for new photographers this year  ( check blogs from earlier this year)  in fact there was, I believe a series of 13 articles I wrote about starting out as a new photographer, picking your own new camera, to learning all the functions about your camera, to learning about composition.  But, after all that, there is still some things that new photographers miss or don’t understand.

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Once in a while you run into an article that nails these things right on the head.  I appreciate when I write an article and people use my stuff as well, and give me credit for this so, I want to reciprocate the same.  So, here is an article I found on Picture/Correct   done by the author:     .  Please read through this article and see what I mean.  I think this is exactly what I would have said, if I had written it myself.  Thank you Marianne Stenger:

 

Whether you’ve just purchased your first DSLR or have been shooting for a while and would like to start using your camera’s manual settings, you should be aware of some of the common mistakes most new photographers make when they first start out.

Of course, you’ll probably learn as you go, and most photographers eventually grow out of these mistakes. But correcting problems early on can greatly speed up your learning process and help you get the sort of images you’re looking for. So if you’re just getting started with photography, here are five common camera setting mistakes to avoid.

1. USING A SHUTTER SPEED THAT’S TOO SLOW

Not using a fast enough shutter speed is the number one culprit of blurry photos. Shutter speed refers to the length of time your shutter stays open while the sensor captures the light coming through the lens and forms an image. The longer the shutter stays open, the more motion will be captured, so even slight movements on the photographer’s part can lead to blurry photos when using a slower shutter speed.

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If you want sharp images when hand holding your camera, a general rule to keep in mind is that your shutter speed should always match or exceed the focal length of your lens. This is because camera shake is magnified in longer lenses.

So, for example, if you were using a 200mm lens, your shutter speed would need to be 1/200 of a second or more, whereas if you were shooting with a 50mm lens, shutter speeds of 1/50 of a second would suffice, although this also depends on whether you’re photographing a moving subject or not.

2. CHOOSING THE WRONG FOCUS POINT

Focusing on the wrong spot can also cause blurry photos, so it’s important to understand your camera’s focus modes. Although manual focus is great for some situations, it’s not necessarily the best option when you’re shooting fast action and need to track a moving subject.

Even when you’re not using manual focus, however, leaving everything up to the camera won’t always get you the best results. If you’re not sure what your camera is focusing on, half press the shutter button until you see a red focal point through the viewfinder. You can then use the dial to change focal points or simply move the camera until your subject is in the line of focus.

3. NOT SHOOTING IN HIGH ISO

Many new photographers have been told or read somewhere that they should be shooting with the lowest possible ISO to avoid digital noise in their photos.

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But while it’s true that using a higher ISO setting can lead to more noise, it’s still a great way to get sharp images in low light while hand holding your camera. After all, it’s better to get some good photos with a bit of noise than it is to end up with a whole memory card of photos that are either blurry or underexposed.

So get to know your camera and practice shooting at different ISO settings to see how it affects your images. You should also familiarize yourself with editing tools that can help you reduce digital noise in your photographs, such as Lightroom or Photoshop.

4. ALWAYS SHOOTING AT WIDE APERTURES

New photographers often fall in love with the bokeh effect and want every photo they take to have that lovely blurred background. But although shooting at wider apertures can produce beautiful effects, it’s not the right choice for every situation.

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One of the biggest issues photographers run into when shooting at their lens’ widest aperture is focus, because the wider the aperture is, the smaller the area of focus will be. This is why new photographers often end up with portraits where half of the subject’s face is completely out of focus. It’s also why wider apertures are generally unsuitable for landscape or group shots where you want everything in the frame to be sharp.

5. USING IMAGE STABILIZATION WHILE USING A TRIPOD

Most cameras these days have an image stabilization feature, and using this when hand holding your camera can be a great way to avoid camera shake. But using image stabilization when your camera is mounted on a tripod can actually have the opposite effect.

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The image stabilization mechanism looks for vibrations in the camera and then aims to correct them. If there are no detectable vibrations, however, the mechanism itself can cause camera shake and unwanted blur, so be sure to switch this feature off when your camera is mounted on a tripod.

If getting to know your camera’s settings seems a bit tedious, just remember that once you’ve mastered the basics and know your camera in and out, you’ll be able to focus more of your energy on the creative side of photography, such as lighting and composition.

 

About the Author:
Marianne Stenger is a photography enthusiast and writer and journalist with Open Colleges. She covers everything from productivity and life hacks to career and education.

 

 

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SPRING PHOTOGRAPHY = MACRO PHOTOGRAPHY

Spring is the time to take Macro Shots.  Learn the details here:

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Macro photography is a whole new world of photography.  An exciting new world of photography that is one part of photography, that once it is experienced, it will result in a special new thrill and probably a whole new hobby or profession to get involved in.  The first time I took a macro shot of a flower, enlarged it a bit, where I could see detail, I was shocked at what I found.  The naked eye does not see all this detail that your macro lens sees, when you get this close.  It is an exciting whole new adventure, and it brings you, literally into a new world.

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I am going to go over just two methods of how to get this kind of photos for your macro or micro photography.  The first and least expensive way to get good closeup photos is by the means of close-up lenses, or filters:

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Close-up filters range from +1, +2, +4, +10

Close-up filters just screw on your existing lenses.  Check out the front of your lens, and see what size your lens cap is, and order this whole set.  You should already have a protective filter on your lens, so it should tell you what size filter to order.  You can screw it right on top of the protective filter.  You can use these filters in almost any combination.  The bigger the number the larger the magnification.  So a +10 will give you the closest photo.  If you are using a number 2, but, a number 4 is too close, then you can put a 1 and a 2 together to get you a 3.  I have also seen someone use a 4 and a 2 together to get a 6, because a number 10 was too strong.  So, use these in any combination.  But, these work really well.  Are they sharp enough?  That is what I want to mention as well.  There are cheap ones out there, so buy a reputable brand name of these filters.  If you don’t recognize the brand name, or you buy all 4 of these for $10, then you are not going to get good results.  I just can’t see putting a $2 piece of glass on your $100 lens and expect to get good results.

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Photo courtesy of Fuji Film

 

And now that Spring is just around the corner, this is the time to get the most from all the spring flowers that are coming out now:

 

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Photo courtesy of   eskipaper.com

 

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Photo courtesy of:  keywordsuggest.org

 

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Photo courtesy of  wallpapers9.org

 

The other  most popular item used to take macro shots is, of course the Macro lens.  The nice thing about the macro lens is that you can use it just like a regular lens, plus it just allows you to focus closer than a normal lens would.  It is just designed to do close up photos. Many camera manufactures make several different styles of macro lenses.  Nikon, Sony, Canon, Pentax, Olympus, Leica, Etc, all have a nice variety of different macro lenses.   Today, I am going to just show the line-up of Canon lenses to show you the variety of macro lenses they make.

 

 

Each one of these lenses will allow you to get extremely close to the subject.  I mean real close.  I was amazed how close.  Literally within inches of the subject.  So, why would they make 3 different ones?  The bigger the lens, say the 135mm telephoto macro, will allow you to get pretty much the same image as the 50mm macro, but, you just will be able to do it from a greater distance from the subject.  The advantage would be:  If I was a photographer taking pictures of a butterfly, and I was trying to take a photo of the butterfly real close, and if the only lens I had was the 50mm macro, I would find in order to fill the frame, I would have to get within 3 inches of the butterfly.  I would scare that butterfly away.  But, with the 135mm macro, I could get the same photo, but, I would be almost 2 feet away or more to get the same photo, and I would not scare the butterfly away.  So, if I want to take photos of butterflies, the bigger lens would be the one I want.

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Photo courtesy of:   superiorwallpapers.com

One more piece of equipment you will probably need in taking macro photos:

 

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Some kind of sturdy tripod will be needed to do macro photography.  As you get down to do close up photography, you will find that the slightest movement will be exaggerated either by you or the wind.  If you have wind problems, you may need to resort to using a flash to stop action.  Yes, a flash.  A flash and an aperture of 5.6, or F8 so that you get the whole flower in focus.  It will work, using your flash outside in daylight.

Here are a few more remarkable macro photos for your enjoyment:

 

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Photo courtesy of:  bio101pollenmorphology.blogspot.com   Notice the bee pollen on the bee.  Have you ever seen that with the naked eye?  That is what you will see taking photos with macro photography.

 

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Photo courtesy of  tottalycoolphotography.blogspot.com    Have you ever thought that a pesky weed could be so cool looking in the macro world?

 

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Photo courtesy of:  yaelkatsir.com   See there is so much beauty and intrigue in the macro world.

 

 

Article written by:  Lanny Cottrell for 123PhotoGo.
Photos collected from Bing Photos, and also Canon Cameras.

 

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