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Chapter 10. Macro Photography > Some Final Tips

Some Final Tips

I’ll close out this chapter with a few final tips that might come in handy for specific types of close-up photography.

  • Chill out. Some nature photographers looking to increase the patience of their insectoid subjects put the little creatures in an icebox for a few moments before posing them carefully back in more natural surroundings. Chilled butterflies, for example, will remain in one spot long enough for an interesting series of pictures. A brief visit to colder climes (a totable ice chest may work fine in the field) doesn’t harm them in the least.

  • Have a spritz bottle handy. Flowers, vegetables, fruit, and spiderwebs often look better when dusted with a light mist, as you can see in Figure 10.30. Don’t over-dew (hehehe) the moisture and your photos can be enhanced.

    Figure 10.30. A spritz of water can add interest to a fruit or vegetable picture.

  • Make creative use of reflections. I spent a lot of time in this chapter telling you how to avoid reflections, but this is one rule that deserves to be shattered from time to time. Some interesting close-up photos have been produced when the photographer accidentally or intentionally included a reflection of something in the shiny surface of the subject being photographed. It might have been a photographic umbrella or even the photographer. When photographing spoons, chromium bumpers, or anything imprinted with an “Objects are closer than they appear” warning, see what you can do creatively with the reflection. Check out Figure 10.31 for an example.

    Figure 10.31. A close-up photo of a mirror yields a noncloseup view of a rollercoaster.



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