This month’s assignment is Close Up Photography. Notice I did not use the word macro. Close up photography is anything from a ratio of 1:4 down to 1:1 (where Macro starts). I am looking for you to create Close Up photos and to tell me how you photographed them. This gives you an opportunity to get up close and personal with the smaller things surrounding each of us.
To participate in this assignment you do not need to use a true Macro lens. Many zoom lenses have a Macro setting which is normally around 1:4 or 1:3. Do you own a Point and Shoot camera? Most have a Macro setting. Of course, if you have a Macro lens, feel free to use it.
On Friday, I will be discussing the many ways you can achieve close up photographs using your existing photographic equipment and additional equipment ranging from a few dollars to hundreds. In fact, I used a close up filter to take the photo you see below of a flower from the ESF Greenhouse visit a couple of weeks ago. I further cropped it down to this composition using Apple Aperture 3 photo management software. The cost of the filter? Less than $20US.
As in the other assignments, do not send me your photos. What I would like you to do is post them on your blog, flickr or other photo sharing site, personal website or any other place on the Internet where you can place a link to it here by making a comment to this blog entry. Then we can visit those sites and enjoy everyone’s Close Up Photography.
Please, have your photos posted on or before Midnight (your time), Wednesday, March 23, 2011. Don’t have a place to post? Might be a good time to start up a blog or join a photo community like flickr. As I have done for all the Assignments, I’ll put together a recap with my comments.
If you have any questions, leave me a comment and I will be happy to answer them. By the way, I would really appreciate it if you would help spread the word about this assignment so we can get lots of people to participate. Blog it, tweet it, email it and talk about it to your fellow photographers, bloggers, friends, family and pets. Thank you