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Digital Photography Techniques

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Lighting for Photographing Jewelry and Small Products

Jewelry can make for a great-looking subject, but it can also be one of the toughest for beginning photographers to photograph. The process can be frustrating and time-consuming; but the better you are [more…]

Photograph Jewelry and Small Products with Smooth Highlights

A smooth highlight is one that helps to emphasize the form of a subject by bending, flowing, and warping in the same manner as the subject. A smooth highlight on a wedding band is one that wraps around [more…]

Tips for Working with Magnified Subjects

Creating a magnification ratio greater than 1:1 (macro) requires you to be extremely close to your subjects, and at such close range, even the slightest movement has a major effect on your point of focus [more…]

Camera Angle and Macro Photography

A lot of photographers tend to overlook camera angle when they photograph tiny subjects. In macro and close-up photography, you may become so engrossed in getting close to a subject that you simply take [more…]

Composition and Focus for Photographing Tiny Subjects

Sometimes photographers get so intrigued by or caught up in the technical aspect of extreme macro photography that they forget to create interesting compositions. Overlooking composition causes viewers [more…]

Lenses Designed for “Photomacrography”

Photomacrography refers to the art of photographing small subjects larger than life-size on your digital sensor. (But for the most part, people still use the term macro photography.) [more…]

Extreme Macro Photography from Your Macro Lens

If you’re not super-serious about creating extreme macro photographs but you’d like to experiment with it, then increasing the abilities of your ordinary macro lens might be a good choice for you. Extension [more…]

Maximize Magnification with Tiny Subjects

The universe seems to provide layers of detail, from the galaxy, to the solar system, to the mountains, to the trees, to the animals, to the insects, and down to the bacteria and cells, to atoms and beyond [more…]

Improve Your Contrast in Macro and Close-Up

The great photographers of the black-and-white film period knew the importance of manipulating their exposures after the image was captured on film. They would spend hours in the dark room. Now you have [more…]

Correct an Underexposed (or Overexposed) Image

Your exposure determines how bright your image looks. An underexposed photograph appears dark all around and typically contains little to no detail in the shadow areas. An overexposed image appears bright [more…]

How Postproduction Sharpening Filters Work

Sharpening filters work in postproduction by emphasizing the edges (or adjacent areas with tonal contrast to one another) in an image. They create a fine highlight on the darker side of the edge, and a [more…]

Enhance Sharpness in a Close-Up Photograph Postproduction

Sharpness is very important, especially in macro and close-up photography. It’s easy to spot focus-related errors in this genre because so much close detail is visible in the photographs. [more…]

Adjust the Contrast in Postproduction

Getting the correct exposure is one of the first steps to creating a beautiful close-up photograph, as it ensures you have detail in your shadows and highlights. The next step is to enhance your exposures [more…]

Sharpen a Close-Up Photograph with in Photoshop

There are always multiple methods of achieving any task in Photoshop, and this is true for sharpening your macro or close-up image. One trick, which many photographers prefer, enables you to sharpen an [more…]

Improve Color in Your Macro or Close-Up Image

Color plays an important role in macro and close-up photography, whether it’s to depict a small subject for what it truly looks like (as in small product photography) or to create a certain mood in an [more…]

The Downsides to Sharpening Macro Photographs

The postproduction sharpening tool is one that can enhance or destroy the quality of a macro or close-up image, depending on how you use it. It works best when applied in moderation, with just enough of [more…]

Enhance Composition and Aesthetics in Your Macro Photograph

In macro and close-up photography, your subject is often very obvious, since the camera is so close to it and it’s often represented largely in your frame. Even so, you can improve its presence and lead [more…]

Use Aperture Priority in Macro Photography

In digital macro photography, aperture determines how much light enters your lens during an exposure, but it’s mostly known for its ability to control [more…]

Maximize Sharp Detail in Macro Photography

In close-up or macro photography, some subjects (or scenes) work best when photographed with a great depth of field, while others work best when photographed with a shallow depth of field. [more…]

Use Selective Focus in Macro Photography

In close-up or macro photography, selective focus is used to draw a viewer’s attention to one specific area of an image. It is accomplished by using a shallow depth of field [more…]

Avoid Motion Blur in Macro and Close-Up Photography

The ability to freeze the action in a scene is important in macro and close-up photography. The slightest breeze can cause lightweight subjects such as flowers to sway in and out of your frame, and some [more…]

Control Aperture and Shutter Speed in Macro Photography

In macro and close-up photography, many situations require you to control both the aperture and shutter speed to achieve the compositional results you want. If you prefer to have maximum control over your [more…]

Adjust ISO in Digital Macro Photography

In close-up and macro photography, ISO can be as important as aperture and shutter speed in determining the look of an image. A composition that requires a large aperture and a slow shutter speed lets [more…]

Use a Flash in Digital Macro Photography

The battery-operated flash is an ideal artificial light source for macro and close-up photography because it’s lightweight, small, and lets you control how much light it emits. [more…]

Use Natural Light for Close-Up and Macro Photography

Many people prefer to use natural light in macro and close-up photography. You may choose not to use artificial light sources because you don’t like the quality of light you get from a flash, you don’t [more…]

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