It's been a little while since I've done some macro photography...a month or so...so I got a wild hair last night and got my kit out. What inspired me was the cutest little caterpillar which I found in my garden.
|Tiger Moth Caterpillar|
This little fella was very quick which made it quite difficult to photograph him. When you get down on the macro level your Depth of Field (DoF) is quite shallow and your focusing has to be spot on. Quite difficult when your subject is moving! My husband came to the rescue though, quizzed me about where I found him and what plant he was on. Next thing I knew he came in with a twig from the plant that I found him on. Bless him.
No idea what the plant is, it grows in our garden is all I can tell you. If anyone recognizes what it is I'd be ever so grateful. My husband thinks it might be a Weigela. In any case, this little fella didn't waste any time, he went right to work chomping on it.
These images are not cropped in any way, I've only made them smaller to make them easier to view on the web.
What is macro photography? The definition gets a bit muddy when you try to describe it in digital terms in my opinion and experience. But basically it's a 1 to 1 ratio or greater. Example, if you photographed this on a film camera, then your subject would be the same size or smaller than the image captured on your negative. There are special lenses for this and special equipment as well. This special kit can be very expensive and most people just can't justify the cost. There are some very nice 1:1 macro lenses out there which are great for macro work and can be used for every day things like portraits. There are some special lenses witch give a greater than 1:1 ratio but they aren't any good for anything but macro photography. This is where my macro photography on a budget comes in. You can have a bit of macro fun without investing in expensive kit that you won't use for anything else. Of course it's not as easy to use as the special made lenses, but that's half the challenge and fun! :-D
I'd best get busy and finish writing this seminar or it won't happen. If I'm successful I'll be giving the seminar at a major photographic shop in Bristol one day not too far from now. Wish me luck!
PS... I do personal one to one workshops on how to use your camera and improve your photography. I also occasionally do group workshops. If you're interested please feel free to contact me for more details. Most of my customers come back for more and/or were recommended by someone else. <- I'm very proud of that. :-)