Incorporate Macro and Close-Up Techniques in a Photo Story - dummies

Incorporate Macro and Close-Up Techniques in a Photo Story

By Thomas Clark

Having the tools and abilities to create macro and close-up photographs can help you add interest and well-roundedness to your portfolio, photo albums, photo essays, blogs, and online image galleries.

Often, your macro and close-up detail shots work with the big-picture shots to provide a more clear and thorough story. A landscape photograph may provide information on what the river looks like winding toward the mountains as the sun rises over them; a macro photograph may provide information on what the ladybug looks like sipping from a dew drop on a tiny leaf at the edge of the river.

Each is a strong image on its own, but when you show them together, the viewer gets both grandiose and intimate details. One without the other tells only part of the story.

Online web catalogs for fashion usually include photographs of the clothing on a model to provide an idea of how the piece will look on the viewer. They also provide a close-up shot of the piece to provide a sense of the fabric’s texture, or any details such as buttons or special stitching.

As an online shopper, you can probably appreciate this combination of image styles because they make it easier for you to feel confident in making decisions. It’s better to know as many details as possible about the product before you go through the process of ordering it, waiting for it in the mail, and then finding out it’s not what you expected.

This image shows an example of a photo story in which big-picture shots were combined with macro and close-up shots to provide a full photo essay. Including macro and close-up shots in a photo story helps to reveal intimate details that would otherwise be overlooked.


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