I have been taking a lot more photos in the recent months and have learnt a great deal in terms of technique and equipment, so time for an update.
Why do it?
There are, I think, several reasons for taking photos, some apply to all photography, some particularly to Macro work.
The bottom line is Nature produces beauty, this comes in all shapes and sizes. Everywhere around you are examples, I walk to work in the morning and look at the sky, it is different every day, and each day is uniquely wonderful. The trees and flowers are similarly intricate in their makeup, a glorious combination of form and colour, perfected over millions of years. (controversial!)
The challenge of the photographer is to get as close as possible to accurately reproducing this beauty. This must be done in terms of colour, form and setting. True colours, not over-saturated pretty pictures, as nature is pretty enough without our help. Sharpness of image and correct perspective are essential. Lastly put your subject, whatever it may be, in its proper context, show the surroundings, as this will inevitably add to the life of the picture.
To this end I have produced several sections of thoughts as to how to achieve this rather daunting task. I dislike the way in which photography ideas are made confusing and difficult to understand, it is no grey art, I hope I make things clear and intelligible. At the end of the day I want to see more quality pictures of the animals I love.
|Basics||The general wide ranging fundamentals of taking pictures. Aperture and shot speed, depth of field and magnification and other things.|
|Cameras||What is useful in a camera?|
|Lenses||Choice of lenses, extension tubes and filters.|
|Films||Slide or print.|
|ISO rating||For film or digital camera|
|Other kit||Flashes, tripods and others.|
|Technique||How to use your camera. Metering for colours, Bracketing, Flash use and TTL|
|Stalking||How to get the photos you want when your subject is flying past you at thirty miles an hour!|
|RAW processing||Making use of camera RAW file output.|
|Photo Editing||Photo-editing, repair and remove.|
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