Shooting in Digital Photography

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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…]

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…]

Choose a Close-up Rather than a Typical Portrait

A close-up — a portrait in which your image is cropped in tight so that the subject takes up most or all of the frame — is a crafty tool in a photographer’s bag of tricks. However, people generally don’t [more…]

Prepare Your Subjects for Close-Ups

The close-up portrait can be nerve-racking for some people, and as a photographer you need to be respectful of an individual’s limits and concerns. Most people prefer not to have a camera positioned very [more…]

Consider Light’s Effect on Your Close-Up Subject

The direction of your light affects how subjects are depicted in a photograph. When shooting close-ups of people, be aware that the texture of their skin becomes very visible. For some subjects this may [more…]

Select Your Focal Point for Close-Up Portrait

In macro and close-up situations, depth of field generally becomes shallow, so it’s critical that your focal point is exactly where you want it to be. Getting your focal point right helps to get your message [more…]

Minimize Camera Shake in Close-Up Portraits

An unstable camera is not ideal for creating sharp macro and close-up photographs with the point of focus placed perfectly where you want it. But when photographing people, you may sometimes prefer to [more…]

Address Movement in Close-Up Portraits

The closer you get to a subject, the greater motion’s effect on the position of your focal point, and the sharpness of your images. The slightest movement by the camera or the subject at such a close range [more…]

Achieve Focus When Shooting a Close-Up Self-Portrait

Achieving a perfectly placed focal point can be difficult when creating a self-portrait. You have to deal with all of the factors discussed in this chapter, without being behind the camera. A certain amount [more…]

How To Take Close-Up Portraits of Your Pets

Pets are a great macro and close-up photographic subject, but their level of cooperation in posing for images can vary quite a lot. If your pet sits in one spot for long periods of time, or moves slowly [more…]

Define Your Message in Small Product Photography

Skill and knowledge in macro and close-up photography can come in handy when photographing a product or a still-life subject that’s pocketsize or smaller. Getting in close helps to bring out the details [more…]

Portray Your Close-Up Subject Accurately

There’s no sense in providing a close-up photograph of a product if viewers can’t understand what the product is in the photograph. In the most basic sense of product photography, your job is to provide [more…]

Get Accurate Colors in Close-Up Product Photography

Controlling the color in your close-up small product photographs is critical to creating realistic representations of your subjects. Begin by selecting the appropriate color balance based on the lighting [more…]

Eliminate or Minimize Distractions in Small Product Photographs

If your main goal in creating an image is to provide a literal depiction of a small product to your viewers, then choose a background that contains little to no distractions. Products are often photographed [more…]

Photograph Jewelry in a Natural Environment

In some instances, you may want to add to the story of a piece of jewelry or other small product by incorporating an environment around it. This style of shooting helps to give viewers an idea of who would [more…]

Plain Backgrounds for Jewelry Photography

A plain background is ideal for photographing reflective and detailed products like jewelry. It minimizes distraction and maximizes the attention drawn to your subject. Plain backgrounds reveal finer details [more…]

How to Photograph Clear, Transparent Subjects

Because you can look right through a transparent subject like glass jewelry, simply trying to light it for a photograph won’t do much good. The way you light your background is more important to transparent [more…]

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…]

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