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UfD: Five Tips for Macro Photographs

When I did my article for the magazine I had planned on adding some tipS on what you can do to macro photographs, but in the end decided I didn’t need them. Still I made the list so I thought I might share it here with you.

Five Tips for Macro Photos Using Lightroom

1 – Cropping the Imagefine-art-macro-flower-photograph

We are often told not to crop images, that it means the files will be too small, or you limit your choices for prints. I have heard all of these, and to some extent I agree, then again if you have an image and your macro subject is really small in it then why not. I crop nearly all my images, and do it to get the best composition I can. I don’t think I am ever going to enlarge my images so they are enormous, so it is not something that really matters.

2 – Use the Adjustment Brush20150525-marysville-7320

The adjustment brush in Lightroom really is your friend, and it can be really good for bringing out the subject of your image. I use it all the time. You can lighten the subject or darken your background. You can use a lot of different adjustments there and I recommend trying them out.

3 – Add Vibrance to Your Subject

This is one that you have to be careful with, it can be great to give your subject a little vibrance, it will help it stand out from the background. Though, I need to warn you to be careful and watch the image. Some colours don’t look good when you put the vibrance up. Colours like reds, bright pinks and purples, so take care.

4 – Remove Some Colour From the Background

Taking away some of the vibrance or saturation from around your subject can help it stand out. You naturally go to the lightest thing in an image or the brightest, so making sure your subject is one of those will help it stand out.

5 – Add a Vignette

Anyone who follows me, or has for a while know20150327-flowerandgardenshow-0121 as Smart Object-1s I love vignettes. I love the way it really helps you to focus on what I want you to focus on. Nothing more to say really, I just love them.

They are my tips, they might not be yours, but would love to hear what you think could be other great tips.

If you like this sort of post I would like to hear as well, I might try doing some more for other types of photography, or see if I can get some other people to give us their tips.

The photos are all macro photos that I am sure you have all seen here before.

ReWorking Graffiti

OriginalThis image was taken over twelve months ago.  I did it as a 3 image HDR in Photomatix.  It was in my early attempts of HDR and it is way to saturated.  The bins blend in too much with the background.  So as I have been going though old HDR’s I thought, I might try doing this one, and another one again.

ReworkI think this is better, but still not great.  I tried to darken the background a bit, and lighten the bins.  I don’t think it worked.  I do think the colours in this are much nicer and not so bright.  I know a lot of you are going to like the first image more, but think about how over saturated they are.  The colours are not natural, if you can say that about graffiti.


I thought this one was also too saturated.


So with this one, the colours are not as saturated.  It is a darker image, but not in the mirror, and it is the mirror where you are meant to look.  I like what is happening in the mirror.  The mirror shows us that the graffiti just keeps going on and on.

ReworkI have called this a rework, but technically it isn’t, it is the first time you have seen it, and I only did it this morning.  Just shows a different view from the same mirror.  I did it because I thought this one was the same as the original.  Anyway, extra image.

I hope this post makes sense.  I have just got back from the city where I spent all day taking photos and teaching a new client how to use her camera and how to take photos.  It was exhausting, but so rewarding.  I had the best time.  I completely filled my memory card, and had to delete photos, so I could take more.  I hope she also had a great time.  I know she is feeling confused now, but with time she will start to understand what we were talking about.

Please excuse me today, I need a cup of tea and to put my feet up.


Copy Cat from Ballarat . . .

. . . went to school and got the strap.

I don’t remember the rest, but that should give you an idea of what my blog is about today.

Since I had a go at trying my own type of instagrams yesterday, I thought I would have another go.  I am trying to copy the instragram technique.  I used the above image as the base image.

This was my first attempt.  I tried a bit of this and bit of that, no idea now, to tell the truth, but at the end of the post, I will give you an idea of what I was using.

This one is really burnt out, oh that gives me an idea, must write colour burning down.

I actually went and did it, so this one I did a colour burn, no a bad effect and one I must remember.  There are so many things on Photoshop, I forget about some at times.

This has layers on layers.  The more layers I put on it, the weirder it got, so I kept doing it.  I lightened the centre of the image as well.  The borders, I can’t do the borders that instagram has, so I have to make my own up.  If anyone can shed any light, then please, shed it.  The black seems to really work with this.

This was my last attempt.  I don’t mind this one.  They are all very weird.  You will have to tell me what you think.

There was no HDR in this post.  Just in case anyone thinks I’m obsessed with it.

So what did I use.  I got an image from a series I did some time again.  I cropped it to make it square, it isn’t exactly square, but not too far off.  I have used the hue/saturation layers, photo filters, channel mixers, and layers, and some filters.  I used a blur for the last one in one layer.  Everyone should have a play with this, it is a lot of fun.  Let me know what you come up with.

Also, you do this and the image is yours, you don’t have to worry about what instagram might do with them.

I am off to Aireys Inlet again tomorrow.  Off for a photo trip, that is what they are called, look at 1001 Scribbles, where KerryL29 does a guest post on preparing for a photo trip. I am hoping that tomorrows post will have some images from there for you.  Fingers crossed.  The weather doesn’t look good, but hopefully I might get some stormy skies over an angry sea.