Hello everyone, and welcome to my In-Depth night blog post! I appreciate you checking out my blog and I hope you’ve had a pleasant evening so far! Today, I will be breaking down everything that I have learned throughout my In-Depth project this year. The topic of my inquiry was Macro Photography and how to take and edit better images that are so close to a subject.
The entire project started with me finding a mentor. I contacted as many photographers as I knew, however, only one was able to mentor me. Sadly, our partnership was not meant to be since there were troubles with paperwork, leaving me to settle with my father to be my mentor. My next course of action was to purchase a proper macro camera lens that would fit my needs and work with my camera that I already had. After a small discussion with my mentor about my needs for this lens, we decided that I should buy a Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM lens to work with my Canon EOS R using my EF to RF adapter that I also already owned. Since then, my mentor and I met every two weeks to reflect on the images I captured between meetings. At the end of every meeting, my mentor would challenge me to photograph something that would help teach me a new lesson and would give suggestions on how to improve the composition for the following week’s photos. This form of learning was very straight forward and helped me grasp what an incredibly complicated art form photography can be. Without further ado, here is a myriad of photos from the beginning of my macro photography journey to my best images at the end.
The most important aspects of macro photography that I have learned through my mentor and experimentation are the rule of thirds, lines, and focus experimentation. Although these concepts are a lot more complex than I can explain in one blog post, I can briefly outline the main aspects. With the rule of thirds, it refers to where the subject is placed on either third of the frame. The general rule of thumb in professional photography is that you never want to place the subject in the centre of the frame. The only reason you would place the subject in the middle of the frame is for a specific artistic decision. Other than that, sticking to the thirds on either side will improve your image quality.
The concept of lines is another important quality I learned from my mentor. Although I previously knew a bit about how geometry is sometimes used in photography, I was not aware of how pertinent lines were to guide the viewer to your subject. They also play a role in framing the focus of your photograph on your main object/model without having to literally frame them. Furthermore, lines can also bring a more modern aesthetic which is usually associated with a positive emotion, however, that is not always the case to every viewer.
Lastly, my mentor and I had many discussions throughout all my In-Depth journey about focus experimentation and the positive and negatives it can have. Focus experimentation is where you capture an image of a subject, and you can’t decide whether to put the focus on the model’s eyelid or iris, so you specifically take multiple for you to decide later during the editing stage. One of the most obvious positives of this form of photography is that you’re able to get the exact image you wish while also having other options if the photo you hoped for didn’t turn out as well as you planned. However, the largest con for this concept is how it takes more time and allows for photographers to become become sloppier and put less effort into their deliberate craft.
Overall, my In-Depth project was by far my favourite one this school year since it allowed for me to dig deeper into a subject that I was curious in and was stretched to take up half the year with research. I hope you were able to see my progression in my macro photography abilities through the images I inserted near the beginning, and I appreciate you taking the time to checkout my In-Depth Project!