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Macro Photography - The art of capturing the flower
What is macro photography?
Macro photography is extreme close-up photography, usually of very small subjects, in which the size of the subject in the photograph is greater than life size. It is the art in capturing a detailed, up close photograph of your subject. My favorite object to photograph is the flower!
Why Macro Photography?
Do you see the way in the photograph of the blue flower how the water drops are large and distinct? How the whole photo appears bigger and more detailed than this small flower would in reality? This is a super macro shot.
I set my camera to the highest setting in macro mode and set to shooting this tiny beauty. I love the detail of the water sitting on the petals!!
I adore macro photography because it brings the smallest of subjects to life. Macro photography truly brings out the beauty in the most unnoticed and under appreciated things. It puts a new perspective on photography and a gorgeous twist in almost every scenario!
Making It Your Own
Don't be afraid to experiment with your editing skills on your macro photography!
As you see in this image pictured here I used a 'posterize' effect to give this flower an almost painted like appearance. I prefer the way it turned out with this effect because it eliminated some of the harsh unwanted detail and added a unique take on it.
Experiment with new ideas, overlays, editing processes, and anything you can think of to make your work unique and stand out! I would recommend keeping as close as the original, raw image, simply because you want to keep the detail and image crisp.
Do you enjoy macro photography?
Looking For The Perfect Shot
You can find beauty in the most unrealized places. This photograph pictured on the right here, I took while hiking through rocks on a mountain. It was the only flower or really, live vegetation right were I was walking besides trees. It caught my eye because it was lone, resilient, and refusing to die despite its harsh conditions it was growing in.
You can find the perfect shot almost anywhere, with anything. You simply have to keep an open mind and creative eye out for anything that could make a great photograph!
Staging Your Own Shot
Personally, I cannot say much on this subject. It is something that I have been wanting to try myself but just have not found the time to do yet.
I love this video showing how easy it is to capture an amazing photograph indoors with the right lighting and a light box!
I adore outdoor photography and using natural lighting but I am definitely going to give this a shot!
Create A Beautiful Photo
Tell Me What You Think!
Leave a comment and tell me what you think! Do you have any thoughts on macro photography? What is your favorite part of photographing flowers? Do you prefer a specific type of macro photography? Tell me! I'd love to hear.