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Accessorize Your Lights for Macro Photography

Accessories are attachments that fix to the front of the light, altering the size, shape, and/or direction of the light source. They’re useful for macro and close-up photography a great option for changing [more…]

Good Studio Lighting for Macro Photography

Artificial light can create beautiful results in macro and close-up photography, but it can also cause your images to look forced, cheap, or unreal. Learning to position your lights — the [more…]

Keep a Natural Light Look in the Studio

In order to create a natural-appearing light in the studio for close-up and macro photography, you need both a key light and a fill light. The key light [more…]

Creative Studio Lighting for Macro Photography

After you master the basics of creating a two-light system for a more natural look in the studio, perhaps you’d like to try getting more creative with your photographic style. Doing so can benefit macro [more…]

Balance the Intensities of Lights in Close-Up Photography

The studio can be a close-up photographer’s best friend. It’s a totally controlled environment, meaning there’s wind only if you choose to create it, light comes from whatever direction you wish it to, [more…]

The Benefits of Using Artificial Light in Close-Up Photography

Photographers cannot control natural light. If you rely on the natural light to serve a specific purpose or to create a specific look in your close-up or macro photography, there’s always a possibility [more…]

Combine Artificial and Natural Light for Macro Photography

Available, natural light (like that coming in from a window) can sometimes be very dim and require large apertures and slow shutter speeds to capture a correct exposure. This combination causes images [more…]

Artificial Light, Natural Light, and Your Exposure

In many situations, you’ll find yourself working with both artificial and natural available light sources. How you approach each situation is up to you. Whether you use your lights to overpower natural [more…]

Overpower Daylight with Artificial Light for Macro Photography

Strobe and flash lighting aren’t just for the studio. You can use artificial light outdoors following the same guidelines. The main difference is that the daylight is typically much brighter outside than [more…]

Note Elements of Interest for Close-Up Photographs

Elements of interest are details that make a close-up subject eye-catching. These draw you to the subject and appear in just about anything from a rusty nail to a smooth, curvaceous flower petal. Novice [more…]

Emphasize Shape and Form in Macro Photography

After analyzing your surroundings and taking note of the elements of design in your close-up photograph, you’re faced with the challenge of composing an image in a way that emphasizes the elements you [more…]

Size and Composition in Close-Up Photography

To use size as a compositional element in close-up and macro photography, you first need to figure out what you want to say about your subject. You can use a size relationship between two objects to clue [more…]

Lines in Photography: Helping Viewers Read an Image

After you start noticing the lines that exist in a scene, it’ll be hard not to compose your images based on them. Lines can connect various elements to one another and they can steer viewers away from [more…]

Attention to Detail in Macro and Close-Up Photography

You might take macro and close-up photographs for any number of reasons. No matter your purpose, that intent directly impacts how you choose a subject. Are you trying to sell something, create a piece [more…]

The Element of Color in Macro Photography

Color plays a major part in close-up and macro photography and how viewers see an image. It can draw people in to certain areas of an image, intrigue people based on their color preferences, and even create [more…]

Compose a Pleasing Close-Up Image

When composing an image in macro and close-up photography, you need to determine just how much of a scene should be cropped out of your frame and whether your subject is better suited to a horizontal or [more…]

Vertical or Horizontal Frames for Macro Photographs

The difference between a vertical or horizontal format in macro and close-up photography can determine the success of your compositions. Knowing which to use in a particular situation can be based on a [more…]

Different Types of Natural Light for Macro Photography

Natural light — light provided by the sun — is one of your most valuable resources as a macro and close-up photographer. It’s free, provides many different qualities and intensities of light to work with [more…]

Contrast when Photographing in Direct Sun

Direct sun is light that comes right through the atmosphere to your subject. Mastering the art of macro photography using direct sun means controlling the relationship between shadows and highlights. [more…]

Reveal Texture when Photographing in Full Sun

Because direct sun is a hard light source, it works great for revealing texture in macro and close-up photographs. Direct sun can emphasize the coarse characteristics of a stone, or the systematic pattern [more…]

Backlighting as a Creative Tool in Close-Up Photography

Backlighting a subject for macro photography generally is referred to as silhouette lighting because it tends to reveal the shape of something without providing much [more…]

The Color of Open Shade in Close-Up Photographs

Different types of natural daylight affect your scenes and subjects in various ways that you can harness in your macro and close-up photography. Open shade, or ambient light, is that which bounces around [more…]

The Quality of Light Produced by Open Shade

The sky is a much larger light source than the sun; therefore, the light produced by open shade is much softer. It is multidirectional and produces shadows with gradual edges rather than those with hard [more…]

Macro Photography on Cloudy Days

Some close-up subjects may work best in a very soft light, such as flowers, feathers, liquids, or any subject with a reflective surface. Other subjects may work better in light that’s only slightly diffused [more…]

Benefits of Photographing in Nature during Midday

If you just happen to set out photographing in nature in the middle of the day, then you may have a more difficult time finding light that has the direction or the quality you’d like. The sun rests high [more…]

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