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A Macro Minute – The Magnificent Magnolia

Through all of it’s stages, the Magnolia offers a variety of hardiness, delicacy, shape and texture in a short period of time.  This is one of my favorite trees to photograph in the spring.

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Photography First Aid

‘Tis the season for photography! Decorations, pets and people! Film everything and be choosy in editing. Here is a little Photography First Aid advice for those pics that walk that line of being OK or a candidate for the delete button.

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Jewel Tones

I know.  It’s been awhile since my last post.  I have been feverishly photographing my garden while it is still in it’s prime.  300 photographs later I am still processing them.  But I’ve been working on some other stuff too.

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I make jewelry.  Like gardening, it is what gets me away from the computer for a little while.  Also like gardening, it seems to circle back to something tech based.  I have been experimenting with different ways to photograph jewelry.  At the suggestion of some of my research I purchased 3 sided display poster board in white to create a reflector.  You can see the result above.   It also worked pretty well on the African Violets (see below).

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I photographed a variety of jewelry with beads that ranged from opaque to more translucent in nature.

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I had greater success finding the balance with lighting and bringing out the color in the opaque beads.  The translucent beads were more challenging.

That challenge was more evident when I began photographing earrings.  I wanted to photograph them in suspension….in their natural habitat so to speak…but not on a model.  I wanted the benefit of a clean background.  I kept the three sided white board up and ran fishing wire across the room and hung the earrings off of that.

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Some of my more translucent beads and even some of the deeper blue beads were challenging to photograph.  After several tries against the white background a clear, balanced image still eluded me.

I have purchased a 3 sided black board and a flat black board for the base of the “box” and will try another round of photography.

Practicing what I teach….getting out there and filming everything….starting with the things that inspire me outside of my trained field.

More to come!

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A Macro Minute – The Red, White and Blues of Summer

Happy 4th of July everyone.

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Color Balance Blues

Greetings All,

As promised in Sunday’s Macro Minute post I am sharing this short 3 minute video on how to adjust for color balance in iPhoto.

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A Macro Minute – Battle of the Cams

I believe that multi-functional technology is generally over rated when in comes to image creation.  If you want good stills, use a still camera.  If you want good video, use a video camera.  They are built to do their respective functions very well.  Video cameras, on the consumer level, are not meant to take great photos.  The fact that they come with that feature has limited functionality.  I usually advise not to depend on it for superior print quality images.

I put that to the test this week.  I used the still feature on my Sony handheld camcorder to take some macros and see how they fared against the stills from my dedicated Sony still cam.  With macro setting on and in full sunlight, the results were pretty impressive.  See below.

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I had taken similar photos closer to dusk with both my video cam and still.  The still camera handled the low light better than the video camera, giving me more usable images to work with.

Even my iPhone under the right conditions garnered some good results.

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I still believe in dedicated technology for quality productions.  However, if you set aside the time to really learn the settings on the gear you have and the best conditions they operate under you can develop technique that will allow you to do more than you think you can.

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A Macro Minute – Raging Reds

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I find when shooting reds (yellows and deep pinks too) that dropping the exposure helps the image from becoming over-saturated and preserves the detail.  These were shot early on this season.  I am waiting for a new round of flowers.  Deep pink and yellow coming soon.

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