Tide Pool Macros

Tidal pools are a wonderful source of material for shooting macro photos. They offer life, texture, color, and mystery. Such shots can occur above, or below, the waterline. Often it is possible to shoot underwater images without an underwater camera or housing in tide pools, since they are very shallow, with a smooth surface. InContinue reading “Tide Pool Macros”

Tool Marks, as a Bridge to the Past

Photography is often used to tell the story of the past, through the documentation of artifacts. Often, the objects involved are known to the viewer, so searching for other facets to make a more vital link through time is important. Tool marks, in this sense meaning the handcrafted textures left on wood, stone, and metal as itContinue reading “Tool Marks, as a Bridge to the Past”

The Challenge of Flag Closeups

Shooting images containing flags is a thankless task; a dozen good compositions may all be rejected because the flag is not in a photogenic pose. Shooting flags by themselves presents other challenges: everyone knows what the subject matter is, and finding a unique way of framing it is important. Macros of just a portion of aContinue reading “The Challenge of Flag Closeups”

Heroic Shots of Small Subjects

Sometimes the hero shot is the right answer, even when it does not seem to be the likely question. In this instance, a clean, simple image, without background elements, (as tempting as ocean backgrounds can be) produces a more focussed image, with a clearer composition. The low angle of the shot, taken crouched and kneeling,Continue reading “Heroic Shots of Small Subjects”

On the Look-Out for Color Relationships

Colors can add power and meaning to images. Color relationships are part of these effects. When an entire image is of one object, the color coordination was taken care of by the designer of that object. But when various elements in the real world form unintended color relationships, its a great chance for the photographer toContinue reading “On the Look-Out for Color Relationships”

Chasing an Archetype

Archetypes are those essential elements that we keep going back to. We create variations, combinations, and reworks of them. They are what speaks to us, and our viewers, in many of our images. We hone them, until they speak more loudly, and more clearly, and make our voices heard. This series of images is basedContinue reading “Chasing an Archetype”

Shallow Depth of Focus Macros

With tools such as focus stacking making deep focus images easier and easier to produce, its important to remember what shallow depth of focus can bring to a macro image. Not only does it tell the eye which portion of the shot we would like them to focus on, it also gives a heady senseContinue reading “Shallow Depth of Focus Macros”

Going For the Dynamic Image

The shot below is a workmanlike architectural image of a beautiful set of doors.  Distracting elements surrounding the doorway have been cropped out, the perspective has been corrected within reason, and the exposure and shadow detail set to tell the whole story as clearly as possible. But is this the most interesting, and salable, imageContinue reading “Going For the Dynamic Image”

Color Over Detail

When, and how, should a photographer sacrifice detail and focus to color? Its important to determine which element of an image is key, and decide how to strengthen it, even if that means sacrificing other elements that we usually consider important to an image. Here we are looking at a shot that would be allContinue reading “Color Over Detail”

Adjusting for Low Quality Lightsources

Gymnasiums, Conference Centers, Covered Markets, they often have one thing in common: they are frequently lit by very efficient, but very unpleasant lighting, such as sodium vapor lamps. This results in images which often have a terrible color cast. But trying to adjust for it with standard color adjustments is not the best solution. Instead, it isContinue reading “Adjusting for Low Quality Lightsources”