Yet another fortnight into in-depth and I have been having a lot of fun with macro photography! Despite this apparently being one of the most difficult types of photography to do well I have found that I have taken to it quite naturally. I really love getting up close to objects and capturing them in a way that we would not appreciate otherwise.

I have been very successful in following the goal I set in the last post, which was to experiment with macro photography and take pictures of flowers.

My mentor really likes this photograph because it follows the rule of thirds and the contrast directs the viewer’s eye to the subject.

My mentor liked this photo because I captured the details on the flower petals, but she suggested that the photo looked imbalanced because of the bare background.

I like this photograph because the flower is really tiny but it still presents all the details beautifully.

For this photo my goal was to capture contrast between the dying organic life against the man-made metal.

I am really proud of the photos I have taken so far and look forward to presenting more on in-depth night!

The concept behind macro photography is to capture a close-up view of an object that we usually wouldn’t take the time to see. The practical ideas to accomplish this are getting extremely close to the object, blurring the background to direct the focus, and capturing small details.

In regards to alternatives, my mentor offered me the alternative of delving into a different area of photography instead of macro. The alternatives she suggested were landscape, action, and portrait. She also suggested that I could explore a little bit of everything. However, I decided that I would stick with macro because I enjoyed it, and I wanted to delve into one area specifically so I could learn “everything about something” instead of spreading too thin, trying to cover too much within too little time and ultimately not getting as much out of the experience.

Moving forward, I am going to continue practicing macro photography and improving my skills. I also am going to borrow diopters from my mentor. A diopter is essentially a sort of magnifying glass that you attach to the lens and it allows you to zoom in even closer to objects.

I am really excited to apply all the things I have learned so far: technical skills (depth of field, shutter speed, ISO), artistic skills (composition, rule of thirds) into the photos I take over the next month.