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Wednesday Photography Tips: MACRO PHOTOGRAPHY TIP

Macro Photography Tip: Taking pictures of Flowers and Small Objects

Macro Photography means taking photos of small objects to create magnified images. It needs some special techniques to capture sharp pictures successfully. 

Today, Brett Michaud shared his Macro Photography Tip. 

Macro Photography Tip

Macro Photography Tip

Brett’s Macro Photography Tip:

Macro photography reminds me of my grade 10 science class when the teacher would pull out the microscopes so we could see what things looked like under magnification. Seeing the individual tiny hairs that grow out of a fly’s torso or the pollen that sits on the flower’s petals and the stamen is something that is difficult to see with the naked eye. I think this is what draws people to macro photography. At least, that’s what fascinates me when I look at macro images.

The biggest challenge in macro photography is getting the entire subject tack sharp, from front to back because you are dealing with such a shallow depth of field. The closer we are to our subject, the shallower the depth of field. In macro photography, it’s not uncommon to set your camera lens up a mere five inches away from your subject. Because it is so close, the depth of field is extremely shallow. Even when we use extremely narrow apertures like f/22 or smaller, it can be very difficult to get the entire subject in focus. The solution? Focus stacking.

What is Focus Stacking?

Essentially, the photographer takes a series of images, each time changing the focus a small amount, and then combining the sharp portions of each image in post processing.

The image of this Plumeria is a series of 15 shots, the first focused on the ridge of the petal closest to the lens, and the last shot focused on the dark center of the flower, which was the farthest away from my lens. These images are then opened in layers in Photoshop, aligned, and then stacked to create an image of the flower that is sharp from front to back.

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