Chattanooga Macro Monday Photo Challenge

Macro Monday Giveaway Starts March 19

I am making a “New Year’s” resolution a little late this year. I am going to start taking more macro shots. I have been waiting to get my ever so coveted macro/micro lens, but have decided not to let that stop me. I am just going to start using my 28-75mm. And, I am going out TODAY to take some pics of those Pear tree and Redbud blossoms before they all fall off the limbs with the upcoming rains.

I have also made another resolution. I am going to start blogging my macro images on Mondays, so that means I will begin having

 Macro Monday.”

I would love to have you join me!

In fact, I think I will have a little giveaway to kick-off my new photo challenge on March 19th.

 Top Random Pick Winner: $50 Amazon Gift Card

Congratulations to Dana Suggs! She is the winner of our Macro Monday giveaway!!

3 easy steps on how to enter Macro Monday March 19:

1. Head over to “like” my business Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/caroljeanstrawnphotos

2. Place your favorite macro image on my business facebook wall marked Macro Monday March 19 entry. Don’t forget to watermark your image and put your name and facebook contact info in the description area. And, since I can never decide, I think two entries per person is good.

3. Come back here and comment on this post and tell me what your favorite things are to shoot in macro.

Make sure to do all three steps, so your entry will be eligible to win.

Can’t wait to see your entries and be inspired!

LEGAL NOTE: This promotion is in NO WAY sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. You will NOT be notified publicly via Facebook if you are a winner. You MUST be 18 to participate. By entering this giveaway, you are providing information to Full Life Photos and NOT to Facebook. Prizes do not have cash value. There will be no returns/exchanges on any of the items.

Here is an image I took last year of a sweet little birdy that had fallen from a tree in my yard (50mm not on macro setting).

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Here is a good article that I saw over at http://blog.mixbook.com/macro-photography-tips. to get you motivated. My other resolution is to start scrapbooking again! 🙂

5 Tips to Take Better Close-Up Photographs

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Macro photography is a great feature most—if not all—point-and-shoot cameras come equipped with. In its most general terms, the macro setting tells your camera that the subject you want to photograph will be closer than normal, allowing it to focus on the finer details of the subject.

The macro setting (usually denoted with a flower icon) allows you to get up close and personal with the subject of your photo.

While these can make for great individual prints that can be displayed in your home, macro photography can also be utilized to accent photos you have already placed within your photo book!

Here are five great tips to help you take better close-up photographs!

Tip #1: Keep Your Camera Stable
If possible, use a tripod to prevent the camera from shaking when taking your photo. If a tripod is not available, use a table or set the camera on something steady that can act as a makeshift tripod and can stabilize your camera as it takes the shot. For even more stability, utilize your camera’s timer mode. By waiting ten seconds after hitting the shutter button, you ensure that the shakiness caused by the button press will have disappeared.

Tip #2: Keep Your Subject Stable
While having a steady camera is important, it is just as important to have a steady subject. While this isn’t always the case, the more steps you take to steady the subject, the better the outcome of your photo. If you are photographing a rounded party favor, wait until it has settled on the table and make sure the table is not disturbed when taking your photo. Alternatively, place the favor on a textured surface, which can also prevent movement. If you are taking photos outside on a windy day, take steps to protect the subject from the wind. Move the subject so that a wall blocks the wind, or create makeshift wind deflectors with wooden posts and cloth.

Tip #3: Find Natural Lighting
If possible, try to use even, natural light when using your macro setting. This will create natural, beautiful photos. If you are able to photograph in the late afternoon, when the sun isn’t directly hitting your subject, you’ll be able to take beautifully lit photos. Overcast days also provide great, even lighting.  If a flash is needed, take steps to diffuse the flash your point-and-shoot uses. Try placing some tissue paper over your flash, so you get a more subtle glow instead of a harsh light.

Tip #4: Focus
Focus is key and will make your photo crisp and clear. Make sure your camera is focused on the correct object or part or the object for your photo. If your camera allows for it, use a manual focus setting. Manual focus gives you more control over what the camera will focus on.

Tip #5: Practice, Practice, Practice
Everything in life takes practice. Once a week, grab your camera and work on some macro shots of things you find around the house. Practice on fruit, flowers, jewelry, or knickknacks. As you learn what works best, your photos will also improve. By the time the next big event comes along, you’ll know exactly how to position objects to create that perfect photo for your Mixbook!

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  • Dana Suggs - I love to shoot ANYTHING in macro! However, truth be told, I don’t have a macro lens. Stinks. Sometimes, I am able to still get great shots even without a macro lens, so I keep trying! LOL

    OK, I “like” your business, and I added my photo…..and I came back and commented! YAY! LOLReplyCancel

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  • Dana Suggs - OK, I added my second image to Macro Monday….didn’t know if I needed to comment again. LOL I love to shoot flowers best! But I’ll shoot anything! HA!ReplyCancel

  • Caroljean - Awesome, Dana! Enjoying your amazing work!ReplyCancel