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5 Tips On How To Take Killer Macro Shots

Macro Photography is a whole new world to photographers. Macro shots portray life in such imaginative and beautiful ways that you?re left spell bound and speechless. Taking killer macro shots is not easy. It?s an art. And you can also master this amazing art by following tips and tricks. Here?s how you can induce that killer instinct and X-factor to your macro shots.

Aperture

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This is the most important thing when it comes to macro photography. First of all, always set your camera to the macro mode (every digital camera has a dedicated macro mode which is marked by a small flower symbol). After selecting the exclusive macro mode, make sure that you have the largest possible aperture size set for your shots. This helps in two ways:

  1. It helps to capture all the available light across your macro subject so that the photographs come out to be crystal clear.
  2. It helps in retaining a smaller area of field in your shots so that only the subject is in focus. That makes your macro shots even stronger when finished.

Focus

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Obviously, one of the most important aspect of any photography technique Is perfect focus. Now a days, almost all the digital cameras offer automatic focus. However, I won?t recommend you using automatic focus for macro shots. Speaking from my personal experience, 9 out of 10 times I have used automatic focus in shooting macro objects, the camera has failed to focus correctly on the subject. The reason for that is, the camera sensor is not smart enough at the macro levels to differentiate between the focus of subject and the background. That?s why I?m recommending you to keep a manual focus and adjust the pin-point sharp focus at your subject manually.

Depth Of Field

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The DoF (Depth Of Field) is another important aspect of macro photography. As explained earlier, it?s the aperture that controls the depth of field. However, the Depth Of Filed also depends largely on the combination of aperture and subject’s distance as well as the background distance from the subject being photographed. Having a correct combination of all these only will ensure that you have amazing macro shots every time you try to get them.

Say No Internal Flash

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In macro photography, using the in-built camera flash is not recommended. The reason for this is, the built-in camera mount flash just ruins the macro shots to an irreversible level. Since the flash is neither placed correctly to be fired on macro subjects, nor does it have that soft touch, the use of internal flash is not recommended. However, you can use external soft flashes with one or more reflectors if you really want to shoot at low light conditions.

In a time when pretty much everyone has access to digital cameras and can take half decent photos, being able to take great macro shots is something that can separate you from your average photographer.

And once you’ve built up a nice collection of stunning macro shots, a great way you can share these photos is via services like www.lulu.com which give you the option to design and create your own photo books and send them directly to yourself, or to friends as a unique and creative gift.

Landscape Photography Tips

Landscapes are the most beautiful form of nature. There are so many landscape forms of nature in this world that it may take your entire life in trying to capture them. There is always something magical about a landscape that persuades and encourages a photographer to take its photograph. To start with, here are some breathtaking examples of landscape photography:

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Here in this article, we?ll tell you some tips and tricks that would help you to exploit your camera to the maximum extent for landscape photography. To make sure you get maximum output out of your landscape shots, you should keep in mind following points and tricks:

Imagine a Composition

Shooting landscape is not at all similar to shooting any other object. Landscapes are meant to be shot for a composition. So, next time you go out in the wild and plan for a landscape photography series, make sure you have a composition of a scenery in your mind.

The lens

Landscape shots are best captured with a wide angle lens. The reason for that is, wide angle lenses tend to cover greater amount of area in the same available space. So, using a wide angle lens is recommended.

Foreground matters

While shooting landscapes, foreground is equally important as the background. While you should definitely care about the background structure, having a good foreground also decides the fate of the final photograph to a great extent

Don?t forget your tripod

When you decide to go for a landscape shoot, never ever forget your tripod. You will have to use the tripod in the low light conditions so that you don?t end up with shaky and blurry photographs.

Check the weather

While going and planning a landscape shooting schedule, it?s always wise to check with the weather reports of the area as even a small amount of rain or wind can ruin all your plans of landscape photography.

Focal Points

The modern digital DSLR cameras have many focal points compared to single focal points of old cameras. This enables you as a photographer to keep more than one object in focus while photographing a scene.  Landscape photography gives you maximum opportunity to use this feature of your camera.

Use Maximum Depth of Field

Depth Of Field (DoF) refers to how many objects will be in focus relative to the distance between them and the camera. As you may already know, in landscape scenes all of the objects are in focus and there is no question of blurring or fading any object out. To achieve this, always shoot at maximum depth of field.

Make Your Own Bokeh Shape

Every professional or even amateur photographer should have heard the word Bokeh once in his/her life, for sure. Bokeh is a Japanese word, meaning ?to blur? and it?s a beautiful technique that is used by photographers, all over the globe to take awesome photographs, where the focus is on the subject, and the background is filled with this effect. Following are some awesome examples of Bokeh, in action:

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But here, I?m not going to teach you, how you can create a bokeh effect. That?s fairly simple to you, if you?re not an amateur photographer. Here, I?m going to tell you, that how to create a bokeh of any shape you like, instead of the old and boring kind of ?default? shaped bokeh you get out of your camera lens. As you can see from the above photographs, the bokeh usually are of circular or hexagonal shape. That is due to the shape of aperture of your camera. I?m sure you’ all are familiar with the shape of the aperture, a camera is having. For those, who don?t here is what your camera?s aperture is like:

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Noticed the shape in between?  This is the are, through which all the light enters the camera sensors and photographic images of the real world objects are made. Since this hole is of hexagon shape, the ?default? bokeh shape is hexagonal or circular. Now, how to get some creative bokeh shapes out of the same lens? Probably, you?re not going to change the whole lens architecture for that. Then what should we do? Let?s think…

Ah! what?s that? Bingo! That?s the only thing you need to do if you want to get a heart shaped bokeh. Physically, you need to just get a sheet of black card board, punch a heart shaped hole in the middle and adjust and stick it in front of your lens. That?s it!

Technically, what exactly happens is, we?re changing the shape, through which the light enters our camera. By default, it?s a hexagonal shape. But here, we?re changing it to a heart shaped thing. In a way, we?re defying the laws of the camera makers ?

The interesting thing is, the shape is not only limited to a heart. You can run your creativity and can come up with any shape you want. And the results? Well, mostly super awesome!

The Arrow Bokeh

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The Umbrella Bokeh

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The Star Bokeh

photo credit: Adam Foster


The Snow Flake Bokeh