Using Digital Cameras

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Macro Settings on Digital Point and Shoot Cameras

Point and shoot digital cameras get their name from the idea that you can set one to its automatic mode and take images that are, for the most part, of acceptable quality. They free you from having to [more…]

Zoom Lenses on Point and Shoot Cameras

How and why do you get very close to your subjects for macro and close-up photography? How and why do you pull back from your subjects? Almost all point and shoot digital cameras are equipped with a lens [more…]

Know When to Zoom in and Move out

Zooming in with your point and shoot digital camera in close-up photography enables you to create more comfortable shooting situations, and produce various types of compositions. Although point and shoot [more…]

Lighting Equipment for Macro and Close-Up Photography

From a technical standpoint, macro and close-up photography can be more difficult to master than other styles of photography. Lighting can be an obstacle that is much easier to deal with when you’re equipped [more…]

Handhold the Camera for Subjects that Move

You can take perfectly sharp macro and close-up photographs while handholding your camera, but doing so requires technique. The speed of your exposure in comparison to the level of camera shake needs to [more…]

Issues with Light in Macro Photography

Some point and shoot digital cameras enable you to get as close as one centimeter from your subjects and still achieve sharp focus, but doing so can be problematic as far as light is concerned. When you’re [more…]

Cloudy Light and White Balance

Light that is diffused through cloud cover casts a blue overtone in photographs just as open-shade lighting does. However, the blue shift in cloudy light is not as prevalent as that in open shade. [more…]

The Quality of Light around Sunrise and Sunset

The sunrise and sunset produce a direct, hard light source, but when the sun is behind the horizon, it produces a much softer type of light. And the lower it is beneath the horizon, the less directional [more…]

Create Natural Light for Close-Up Photography

In some cases the type of natural light you have isn’t the one you want for your close-up subject or your message. This is nothing to worry about, so long as you’re prepared with field lighting equipment [more…]

Make Light Like Sunshine for Macro Photographs

Perhaps the most complex of all natural lighting techniques is creating direct sun on a cloudy day. You need a battery-powered flash or a strobe to make this happen. [more…]

Size and Distance of Lights in Macro Photography

Although a creative approach can usually overcome any lighting obstacles, in macro and close-up photography you’re typically working with subjects and scenes that are very small, and your camera tends [more…]

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…]

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…]

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