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Being a Control Freak with Macro Photography

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One benefit of macro photography is the ability to sculpt the light. Unlike landscape photography, you aren’t necessarily stuck with the light nature has dealt you. Understanding how to sculpt the light with reflectors and diffusion allows for a bit more creativity and flexibility in the field. The correct tools can help you create beautiful images even when the sun is higher in the sky and the light is harsh.

This image was taken at 12:01- high noon. Both diffusion and reflection were employed.

Diffused Light

What do diffusers do?

Diffusers remove harsh light and shadows by reducing and spreading the light that passing through them. This creates a much softer, more even light where shadows and highlights both become more muted and colors become cooler.

When I am out in the field, I carry a 12″ diffusion disk with me as well as a 32″ disk. I use the smaller one for small subjects, but I use the larger one when I want to diffuse the light on the subject as well as a too bright background.

Sure, I could use post processing ‘burning’ or a vignette, but I prefer to be more deliberate and do as much as I can in the field and in-camera.

The images below were taken in RAW format and barely edited; I wanted you to see the actual in-camera results without any adjustments.

  • Batik Iris

    This image shows the Batik Iris lit from the side. The area where the sun hits the petals is very bright, but the part of the flower facing the camera is in significant shadow.

  • Batik Iris

    In this image, the highlights and shadows have been softened by the use of a diffusion disk. The color has also been cooled. When you use a diffusion disk or a scrim, you will often want to increase your exposure a little.

Reflected Light

Reflecting is useful to balance the exposure on your subject from side-to-side such as with a side lit subject, to add a little light to the deeper recess of the subject, or to highlight a specific area.

You can also use reflection to make the entire subject brighter than its background. When you set the correct exposure for your subject with the additional reflected light, the background is darkened and less prominent. Because of this, the brighter subject becomes more prominent.

Where diffusing softens the scene and cools the colors, reflected light makes colors ‘pop’. It also wraps the subject in light in a way that adds depth and dimension. My reflector disk is silver/gold which also warms the colors onto which I reflect light. (I will often take a photo with a white color chip if there is no white in the scene, in case I decide I do not care for the effect of the warmer reflected light and decide to cool the colors in post.)

For macro florals, the 12” reflector is more than adequate. Its small size provides more control as to where the light is reflected (keeping it off of any background elements) and allows me to easily feather the light across my subject. A very small adjustment of its position can make a huge difference in how much light is reflected and to where. Feathering the light from a side can still add light, but do so in a way that does not eliminate shadows and the contours they provide.

Batik Iris

For this image I placed a reflector opposite of the sun in order to light the the iris more evenly side-to-side. The reflected light balanced the light significantly, equalizing both the shadows and the highlights as well as pushing light into the recesses of the flower.

One thing I really like about reflected light on a subject is how it allows you to adjust your exposure for the very bright subject. This darkens the background and makes it less significant. Take a look at the photo below…

  • For this image of a Sweet Musette iris, I wanted to increase the exposure on the flower, but without making the fence more visible.

  • I chose to feather in some reflected light. The exposure of the fence behind the flower increased a bit but the flower stands out far more, creating significant impact through both light and vibrant color.

Using Both Reflector & Diffuser

Using diffusion and reflection in tandem is a powerful way to sculpt light to your advantage and create images with significant impact no matter if the sun is high in the sky or lower. With in-tandem use of diffusion and reflection the position of the sun is of far less importance than when you have no light sculpting tools at your disposal. Take a look at the following image which shows the results of both diffusion and reflection.

Diffuser + Reflector

In this image above diffusion and reflection were used simultaneously to sculpt the light. There are soft shadows on the right side of the flower and a gentle feathering of reflected light on the left side. I love how the light modifications create a more impactful image and how the colors ‘pop’.

Below you will see a diffused light image and an image with unmodified sunlight.

  • Image 1: Diffuser ONLY

    Image 1: Diffuser ONLY
    For this image I simply diffused the light. The sun was dropping and to the left. The sun’s light was still directional- I softened the light and used it to my advantage. The entire image has a very subdued feel when compared to the images above and below.

  • Image 2: Direct Sunlight

    Image 2: Direct Sunlight
    Here is what the image looks like with un-modified light. The camera settings are intentionally the same as the previous two which allows you to see the significant difference simultaneous diffusion and reflection can make.

The next time you are out in the field, experiment with light sculpting by taking along a reflector and a diffusion disk. You might be amazed with the results as you practice bending the light to suit your vision.

About Author Pamela Reynoso

Pamela Reynoso is a San Francisco Bay Area based fine art macro and landscape photographer. The diverse landscapes and beauty of her native Northern California feed her soul as does exploring and discovering its many hidden gems- from vast landscapes with big open sky to minute details such as the beauty found in the unfolding of a flowers petals. These are the moments for which she is always on the lookout, the moments that give one pause, the moments that remind one to be grateful for this beautiful planet. Pamela is currently working through the thousands of images from her year-long project of photographing local vineyards through the seasons which she plans to turn into a book. Typically a fast walker, Pamela’s family has banned her from bringing her camera on family hikes, especially if there is a macro lens attached which is certain to slow her walk to a mere crawl.

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Our 113 Most Useful Links for Photographers

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One of the wonderful things about the photography world are how many people put in countless talent online to serve the industry. This ranges from an amazing array of free blogs and tutorial sites through to really useful photography tools and portfolio sites for you to display your creativity as well as photography books and magazines. This is a selection of our favourites at the moment. We hope you find them useful.

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Photography Tutorials

Light Stalking – Yay! (Ok, we're a little bit biassed).
Shotkit – Amazing gear reviews and some tutorials as well.
DIY Photography – One of the most useful tutorial sites for photograpy with an emphasis on DYIY gear.
Expert Photography – Just like the name says!
DPS – One of the granddaddies of the photography blogging world and it has a pretty good forum too.
Scott Kelby – One of the demi-gods of the photography education space who is an incredible tutorial maker – especially in Photoshop and Lightroom.
Fro Knows Photo – a style all of his own.
ePhotoZine – A British site that has some wonderful technical information on photography and a great community.
Phoblographer – a photography blogger. Duh!
iPhone Photography School – Where you need to go if you want to learn how to take great shots with your phone.
The Photo Argus – Started around the same time as Light Stalking. A great blog.
Photography Concentrate – Incredible quality.
A Photo Editor – What the pros read.
Lightroom Killer Tips – Hard to beat a Kelby project.
Strobist – Where you should go if you want to learn how to use artificial lighting starting with the basics.
Photo Focus – Very very useful.
PhotoJojo – A lot of really fun photography projects.
Cambridge in Colour – Possibly the most useful technical information available to a photographer for free.
Wet Pixel – Underwater photography tuts and news.
Dive Photo Guide – More underwater photography fun.
Photography for Real Estate – You should be able to guess what this one is about.

Photography Magazines

Outdoor Photographer – The standard for outdoor photography magazines.
Amateur Photographer – One of the most respected magazines around.
British Journal of Photography – The king of the hill.
SilverShotz – Inspiration in monochrome.
American Photo – One of the best.

Buying Photography Gear Online

Adorama – Buy lenses and cameras…
B&H – And cameras and lenses…
Amazon – And everything else…

Free Photography Ebooks

Photzy – Started as a project by us here at Light Stalking, Photzy has taken on a life of its own. The sheer amount of free photography ebooks is unmatched anywhere on the internet.

Youtube Chanels

Thomas Heaton – We are addicted to watching this landscape photographer. Very engaging.
Peter McKinnon – Very popular guy who seems to know his stuff.
Kai Wong – The class clown with some serious photography knowledge under his belt. Very entertaining.
Jessica Kobeissi – A model photographer who puts up a lot of great stuff.
COOPH – You're definitely going to learn something on this great photography chanel.
KelbyOne – Hard to beat Scott Kelby – the undisputed king of this game.
Joshua Cripps – We only descovered Joshua recently, but his outdoor photography tips are great.

Photography Twitter Accounts Worth Following

Jack Hollingsworth – One of the best tutors in the photo world.
Scott Bourne – This guy knows his stuff.
Rick Sammon – One of the heavy hitters of the photography world.

Photography Facebook Accounts and Groups Worth Following

Photzy – It started as one of our projects, but has taken on a life of its own with great things happening on their page.
Night & Astrophotography Enthusiasts – Groups like this are very useful for asking questions in.
Landscapes / Seascapes / Cityscapes – Some amazing talent in this group.

Photography Software

The Best Photography Software Rankings – The best of the best in our industry.
Lightroom and Photoshop – The standard against which all other photography software is judged.

Photography Books Worth Owning

Susan Sontag on Photography – A collection of insightful essays by a master.
The Camera by Ansel Adams – A master's thoughts on our tools.
The Negative by Ansel Adams – Post production by a master.
The Print by Ansel Adams – Ideas on the final outcome.

Photographer Spotlights

Photo Grist – These guys unearth a lot of amazing talent.
Feature Shoot – More inspiration from new photographers.
Lens Scratch – Even more inspiration.

Photo Hosting Sites and Portfolios

500PX – Very popular among pros and amateurs alike.
SugMug – Probably the king of the hill in paid portfolio sites at the moment.
Fotomerchant – A very professional challenger for the crown
Zenfolio – Another of the great incumbents in pro portfolios.
Photo Shelter – One of the originals.
Flickr – Still going strong.

Photography Phone Apps

Instagram – We're sure you've heard of it.
Camera + – Get manual control of your iPhone while shooting.
Pro Camera – More manual control!
Lightroom Mobile – One of the best post production apps for an iPhone.

Photography News

Fstoppers – News, news and more news.
Petapixel – And even more news.
British Journal of Photography – Finger on the pulse.
Imaging Resource – Great site out of NY.
Photoxels – Worth adding to your RSS feed.
SonyAlphaRumours – As the name says.
Nikon Rumours – And for Nikon…
Canon Rumours – And Canon…
ISO 1200 – A great site for photography news.
121 Clicks – News and Inspiration.
Photography Bay – Another worth an add to the feeder.

Gear Reviews

DXO Mark – These guys set the standard in gear testing. Technical.
DPReview – The original.

Forums and Communities

Light Stalking Shark Tank – For real feedback on your photos.
Photography Talk – One of the big players.
Ugly Hedgehog – Eclectic bunch of good folk.
http://ift.tt/17lIgzK – Useful for technical criticism and early breaking news.

Paid Photography Courses

Creative Live – Started with photography but have expanded.
Udemy – Some solid paid courses available.
Lynda – More paid courses worth checking out.
Steele Training – A few courses by a great teacher.
Photography Concentrate – These guys have some solid stuff.

WordPress Photography Theme Sites

Photocrati
Elegant Themes
ThemeForest
Graph Paper Press

Photo Storage and Transfer

Crash Plan – Backs up your whole computer.
Carbonite – Another.
Google Drive – Good for small batches of photos. Not great for lots.
WeTransfer – Transfer large files.
GeTT – Share files easily.
PlusTransfer – Send big files.

Stock Sites Accepting Submissions

These sites come on and off with accepting new photographers but should be in your bookmarks if you're thinking about offering stock.

iStock Photo
Fotolia
Shutterstock
Tourphotos
Alamy
Dreamstime
Photodune
Canstock Photo
123rf
Redbubble

Photography Competitions

Guru Shots – The great game of photography!
Viewbug – Another place to test your mettle.
Photo Competitions – A good list of many comps around the world and online.



Photo Utilities

Jeffrey's Image Metadata Viewer – As the links says…
Exif Data – When you want to find out.
Colour Schemes from Flickr Images
Stupeflix – Make videos from your images.
Pixsy – Find where your images are being used online.

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