"Macro Art In Nature"

Explorations in the artistic world of macro photography.

“Control The Background In Your Photography”

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Well yes, it is a bit repetitive on my part but is something that I will emphasize over and over again. You simply got to learn to take control of your backgrounds in your photography.
It is something that is so important, and no matter what type or style of photography you are interested in, most of those style types seem to require a certain amount of control in order to achieve the type of shot you want and to make your subject to stand out even more.
Do you shoot portraits? Do you do more of a candid/street style of photography?
Do you do weddings? Pet photography?
Wildlife & nature photography?
No matter what you shoot, eventually you will need to learn how to control certain elements in that background. The camera/lens does not do it for you. You do it!
You might want totally blurred backgrounds, maybe a background with soft but noticeable details, or a highly detailed background.
Figure out what you want and just how to get it! Take the helm!!

Personally, I enjoy shooting wide open and controling the background from there. I like a soft background, but many times I will try as much as I possibly can to use that background almost as if it is a subject on its own. A seperate subject from the main subject, which can create a visual feast for the viewer, and to give the image a overall impact that some images may lack at times.
I will work a image with the background as a total blur at first, then make lens adjustments or camera to subject movements in order to get the right depth and feel that I want, and maybe to get more of that detail in there. Just about all of your subjects are different, and you may have to play and to experiment a good bit to get a feel for what you like and/or dislike.

Look for repeating shapes/patterns which can be a pleasing blur with hints of details, or a single element, which when thrown out of focus can easily become a subject on its own. Make up your mind this season that this is indeed the season for change.
You will take that next step in your photography, and have a blast doing it! You will create something unique this season and learn from it.

You will reach that goal, and you will be happy at the end.
Now, ….. go out and do it!

“Macro Art In Nature”

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  1. Superb photos Michael.

    Comment by owen | May 10, 2006

  2. another great set of pictures michael. Just a question, maybe it is a question of different languages, but what do you mean by wide-open? aperture? of the F-thing.

    Thanks for responding…

    Comment by RensNL | May 10, 2006

  3. great tips, awesome photos. You should gather up all your guides/tips and list them all on the one page. Kinda difficult to do on blogspot though i guess.

    Comment by tuan | May 10, 2006

  4. I have been working on looking at the back ground not just the subject, and boy can it make a world of difference when you consider both :-) Thank you for the reminder, that I can create a back ground beyond just the color of the sky or the grass :-)

    Comment by Doris | May 10, 2006

  5. those 3 images are very well composed and the backgrounds very artistic! thanks for your info & inspiration again..cheers mate ;)

    Comment by david | May 11, 2006

  6. This is again a most impressive presentation of your wonderful and unique work. It’s always pleasing to see the perfect combination of subject and background coloring. Amazing!

    Comment by KPK | May 11, 2006

  7. Another good series of artistic macro shots. Great colours and compositions.

    Comment by John | May 11, 2006

  8. As usual you’ve done a fantastic job of highlighting your subject. Great shots!

    Comment by j e p p e | May 11, 2006

  9. Michael, you never cease to amaze me. I years away from creating images like this. you give me something to shoot for.

    Comment by Monterey John | May 11, 2006

  10. Great post Michael. I might add that controlling your background is one of the reasons why I consider DOF Preview an essential feature of any SLR camera. It is also why many point&shoot cameras aren’t well suited for this type of work since they tend to have so much DOF.

    Comment by Mark | May 12, 2006

  11. Everytime I visit your site, I learn something new! Incrediably beautiful pictures as always. Thanks for visiting my blog and your kind words.

    Comment by Laurie S | May 13, 2006

  12. Your backgrounds are always so artistic.

    Comment by micki | May 15, 2006

  13. Thanks for the good advice and nice pictures…!

    Comment by François | June 29, 2006

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