8 Tips for Macro Photography From a Contest Winner

Today I just received that wonderful email I never thought I would see. To quote: “Congratulations! You won People’s Choice in Mushrooms and Toadstools Photo Challenge.” Yes, it totally made my day, and I’m supper happy. Following the big news, I was asked a few questions about my picture, which you can see it at the side. For educational purposes, I’m going to post this little interview below. It is good knowledge for macro photography. Where did you take this photo? I took this photo during an autumn photo-trip. I love to shoot pictures during the autumn, when the light and colors are at their best, so I try to plan out and make reservations for each year at the end of October. What time of day? Like I said, autumn light and colors are at their best. However, this does not mean that a photographer must stay with the … Read more

How to Photograph White Object on White Background

First, let’s see what I used: a white textile (canvas or so) and not a paper. Why? Because I want the result to be realistic and not plane. Also, it’s important that the background surface should not be glossy. Natural light plus a tungsten light (two of them would be even better) and fill flash. Because the flash might overexpose some ares of the photo (usually the central area), I use a diffuser made from a very transparen’t soft plastic or canvas piece. Usually this kind of thing refers to macro shots, so you may want to shoot in macro mode or manual. Now let’s see the tips: 1. Use a textile background that makes a few soft “natural waves” 2. Use one little colored piece in your white composition as a reference 3. Use lights from all sides to avoid big dark shadows 4. Use fill flash (better with … Read more

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