Monday, March 23, 2009

Instructor's Tip: KISS, part 4

Photo credit: Russ Burden

I hope you enjoy this week's "Instructor's Tip" by one of my favorite instructors, award winning nature photographer Russ Burden. To learn more about how Russ captured this image, join him on one of his photo tours. Visit Russ Burden Photography to get more information.

KISS Method: Keep It Sweet And Simple PART 4

Move In Close: When shooting macro subjects, it’s imperative to move in close to fill the frame. Different ways of accomplishing this are via the use of extension tubes, bellows, close-up filters, reversing a normal or wide angle lens using special adapters, and of course, macro lenses. Each have their pluses and minuses. My choice is a Nikon 5T or 6T double element close up filter that’s sharp and versatile and full automation of the camera’s metering system is maintained. By moving in close, the peripheral areas around the subject are lessened narrowing your ratio of distractions to subject. This doesn’t mean that you can become remiss in checking the entire viewfinder, but it does focus your attention more on the tiny main subject. Keeping the film plane parallel to your subject and working with apertures of f16 and smaller are critical to maintaining depth of field on the entire subject.


To take a class with Russ or a fellow Digital Photo Academy instructor in your area, check out the Digital Photo Academy. I took Russ' intermediate and advanced courses last year, and he continues to be a strong source of knowledge and encouragement as I progress in my photography.

Don't forget to check Take Great Pictures for Russ' most recent tips. On the home page, click on the "Photo Tips And Techniques" button in the left hand column. Additionally, check out his "Digital Tip of the Month" found by clicking on the Digital Photography button.

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