If you haven't had a chance to visit Tamron's website lately, you should. It's recently redesigned making it easier to find events in your area, and how to videos / articles. 2013 is exciting because Tamron has added Subject Specific, How-To Seminars. I am presenting (4) of the total (8). Through my next few blog posts you will get a taste of what I will discuss.
Looking Into a Small World, Macro Photography: Understanding, and successfully seeing the world through macro photography brings to life a new perspective. When considering the smaller scale, every detail plays a bigger role to identify the subject, decrease distraction, and create a truly impactful image. Through this seminar, we will clearly define what macro means; discover how subtle decisions make big changes; and make sense out of an abstracted scene. Lastly, when dealing with common macro subjects such as insects, flowers, and jewelry, we will discuss how they are handled differently indoors and outdoors, commercial vs. nature etc.
Now the hardest part about getting into macro photography is really training your eye to look at a scene. What parts are you inspired by? Are there any unique elements? Have you looked at all the different perspective ways to look at the subject? Here I am looking at a basic one light set up on a bouquet of flowers. I like photographing roses because I feel everyone can relate to them in some way. The hard part about them is making your rose photo look different than any other rose photo you have seen before. Rose petals create amazing leading lines throughout an image and I enjoy how my focus lies on the edges of the petals rather than in the center of the bloom. Don't be afraid to rotate your images to create the best balance and use of lines. With most macro photographs, there is not a clear orientation, so have fun with it.
The next thing I look for is flower deformations. This makes your images unique, and adds intrigue. Be careful with white flowers. You will need to over expose slightly to get the correct whiteness. Macro is all about leading lines. I took this next photo vertically, creating a strong upward line with the daisy stem; then leading your eye back downward with the deformed, curved petal. Simply composed, blurred out, non-distracting background makes this piece my favorite of the three.
The last image I almost didn't get… Thinking I've shot every flower in this bunch, I set my camera down and noticed all the wonderful bubbles forming on the vase itself. Like I said in the beginning: Look at every aspect of your subject. I cropped as a panoramic because I pictured this image sitting above my couch in the living room. It also emphasizes the bubbles, minimizing the hard green diagonal lines.
Thanks for Reading – Jillian, Tamron USA Technical Representative