Project Outline In this first photography project, I decided to choose macro photography. I chose macro photography because I find that it isfascinating to be able to observe an object that is extremely small in a one to one ratio that is greatly larger than the actual size of the object. Researched Notes and Examples The definition of macro photography is close-up photographyusually of objects that can barely be seen by the naked eye. In whichmacro photography is photographed in the ratio scale of one to onethat makes the size of the subject a lot greater than its actual life size.In order to create macro photography, a macro lens is needed unlessusing a normal digital camera with the macro mode setting. Althoughusing a typical compact digital camera will not create the full affectand dimensions of an actual one to one macro sized photograph.
http://www.macrophotography.com/Galleries/Flower.R01/Flower.R01.html Macro lenses are designed specifically for close-upphotography that has the capability of producing larger scales of thesubject, which is the one to one ratio size. In macro photography,when using a macro lens the subjects almost invisible details make itpossible to view all the tiny specific aspects of each detail. Also inmacro lenses, they are built with a long barrel that makes it able tofocus on the subject closely and most modern macro lenses are ableto focus continuously to infinity. Macro lenses may also be optimizedto provide exceptional optical quality when it is used for normalphotography as well as providing its best performance at its highestmagnification.
http://www.macrophotography.com/Galleries/Flower.R01/Flower.R01.html To construct basic macro photography, the lens should bezoomed right at the one to one ratio and the distance between thecamera lens and the subject that controls the depth of field is whatfocuses and clarifies the visibility of the subject. Accordingly, tocapture an object that is fine with a lot of textures and details, if thecamera has the live-view mode, it should be put on live-view andeither placed onto a tripod or an area that is stable and solid. Whilethe camera lens is zoomed to the one to one ratio size, the cameracan just be moved closer or away from the object, depending on thedesired depth of field. Also when shooting macro photography, like inany other type of photography, the lighting is essential as well. Tocreate a photograph that is clear and in focus, the lighting assists the
aperture and shutter speed to capture a focused picture. http://www.macrophotography.com/Galleries/Flower.R01/Flower.R01.html Thus, I decided on the macro photography unit because I foundit spectacular to be able to take photographs at a one to one scale tocapture the specific details that can barely be seen by the naked eyeitself. While starting and studying the different basic aspects instarting out macro photography, I practiced shooting subjects thatwere very small. The subjects I started out shooting with was smallletterings from keyboards, cell phones, and other random objects.From shooting different small subjects, I was able to capture detailsand clearly see details. Having practiced shooting several objects, Iwas going to settle on one subject; flowers, although as seen in mycontact sheet that I did not only focus on flowers. During my research
on macro photography, I was only able to practice and study thebasic fundamentals. In which I enjoyed practicing and would like tofurther my study on macro photography in an in depth manner.http://media.photobucket.com/image/macro+photography+flowers+/Keefers_/Keefers_Macro%20Photography/Keefers_MacroPhotography1003.jpghttp://www.google.co.th/imgres?q=macro+photography+flowers&hl=en&sa=X&biw=1280&bih=658&tbm=isch&tbnid=ebz71uesBGdgoM:&imgrefurl=http://visuallens.wordpress.com/2008/06/&docid=ojyd38NYFFLp6M&imgurl=http://visuallens.files.wordpress.com/200
Final Selection Descriptions:1. The photograph above is of a yellow flower that shows the fine details of the flower’s stigma. I chose this photograph because the depth of field shows clarity towards the center of the flower.2. The second photograph I chose is of a flower’s stigma and anthers. I chose this photography because the background is a light white color that makes the photograph look smooth and soft, with an interesting composition. 3. The third photo I chose is part of a red rose is vibrantly colored with a clear view of the rose petals. I decided to shoot pictures of red roses because I tried to imitate the photo example shown above with the water droplets although it was not successful. 4. The fourth photo is of a double-sided gold ring that has different illustrations on both sides. I chose this photograph because I think that with the illustration in focus and the ring out of focus creates an interesting composition.
5. The fifth photo is the other side of the double-sided gold ring with the other illustration. Again, I think that the composition and the way the ring itself fades into a dusk of whiteness create a smooth appearance.6. The last photo I chose is of another ring that has small fine skulls around it. In which I chose this photograph because the composition with the other details in the back out of focus makes the eye focus on the focused skull then it leads you to the out of focus areas.(All photographs above were taken on manual and live-view mode while placed on a sturdy table.)