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My Therapy AKA Macro Photography

On the way home from work yesterday, I talked to my mother about my father’s lack of progress in rehab and other stressful issues that seem to come with aging sick stubborn as a mule parents. After the call, I was so discouraged, near to tears really, but I had to stop by the grocery store.   I had promised Pookah spaghetti for his lunch on Thursday.   On the way to the bell peppers, a little $4 bunch of flowers caught my eye and I grabbed them. I knew I would have about 2 hours before Pookah and Cdub came home from baseball practice.

Therapy time.

Stressed. So I got some flowers from the store and got my macro lens. #clickaday #vscocam
Macro Photography is my therapy. It makes me slow down. It makes me LOOK for beauty. It makes me struggle a little still.  It makes me happy.

So anyway, while I was shooting, I came up with the bright idea of showing you guys the before and after of how I shoot macro photography.

Here is a pull back before I started shooting. Sometimes I use my tripod, sometimes I’m don’t. But yesterday,  I was tired, so the tripod got dragged out.

Pull back

(Please excuse the boxes that are STILL here after a year and a half. In my defense, this is the last room I have to decorate and those boxes will CHILL there until I get ready.)
So as you can see, I’ve got my bunch of flowers in a GLASS for goodness sake( all of the vases already had flowers or dirty water in them so…), my ExpoDisc , my Canon 6D with my Canon 100mm loaded on the tripod and glorious slightly defused evening light from a north facing window.

Notice the red walls? I use this room all the time for macro photography because the light is always good.  But I MUST have correct white balance. otherwise, the flowers would all have  red tint.

After custom white balancing with the expodisc, I took a test shot……

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A few tips:

  • For me, I tend to keep my ISO high so that I can keep my aperture narrow. I like a larger depth of field, so I tend to shoot at f/4.5 and above.  All of the photos in this post were shot between f 4.5 and f 10. YES f/10!!! When you shoot with a long focal length in general, your depth of field( how much is in focus) tends to be smaller than say a wide angle lens. So, although your tendency might be to shoot as wide open as possible, keep in mind that while you may get lots of creamy background and blur(bokeh) you will also have a lot of out of focus photos.
  • Another trick I’ve learned if I am handholding my camera instead of using my tripod,  is to hold my breath when I press the shutter button. It helps me handhold slow shutter speeds down to 1/50.
  • Manually focus your lens.  That’s right! Once again, with macro photography, your depth of field is usually so narrow that you want to be able to control exactly what you are focusing on. And most times, the best way to do that is to take control and manually focus your lens. That way, you get exactly what you want in focus, in focus!
  • Last tip is to shoot from every angle. Try above, eye level, below, from the side,  from the back….Variety makes macro photography beautiful!

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Now go forth and try Macro Photography! I want to see some pictures folks!!!

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Thursday 19th of February 2015

Such beautiful shots girl! I too love photography and continue to learn how to take good pictures. I'm a work in progress but I hope to get as good as you!

Erica @ The Crumby Cupcake

Wednesday 18th of February 2015

Beautiful shots, LaShawn! I struggle with macro, as well, mainly because I have yet to buy a macro lens - it's on my wishlist! The one I want is super pricey though (since I'm a spoiled brat who has to have the best of everything lol), so I've been settling trying to do as much as possible with what I have. With food photography, which is my main type, super-zoom isn't used THAT much, but I can't wait to be able to focus on a bowl of sprinkles and have them look sharp and perfect!


Wednesday 18th of February 2015

These photos are gorgeous! I've had a DSLR for years now, and I think I'm confident enough to try new lenses finally. I really want a macro lens since you can get all of those detailed shots!


Wednesday 18th of February 2015

I just know if I take the time out and practice I would enjoy photography as a way to relax and so much more. LaShawn your pictures are glorious and you always share great tips. Waiting on a book from you girl!

Tanya @Mom's Small Victories

Wednesday 18th of February 2015

I love love love photography. You're right it's my therapy too but I don't yet have a DSLR. These photos are gorgeous. Hope your dad's rehab improves :)