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BEAUTY IN THE EYE-Orlando Camera Club had a "Creative Macro" competition with results being presented this past Monday and David Montague walked away with the first place in this particular category. Says he, "I shoot with a Nikon D750 and used my 105mm macro lens.  I placed my son in a chair, underneath the lanai shade, and his wife more in the sun so she would show up better within his eye. Placed the camera on a tripod and positioned it within a few inches of his eye. Took quite a few shots to get the focus just right. As your aware, using a macro lens that tight is tough to get a sharp image unless everything is perfectly still."

Shallow depth of field

 From Frank Siteman/ DPA instructor in Boston To view more of his images please visit : A boy and his dog…..  Sure it’s a cliche, but for a good reason.  When a photo shows emotion, it’s successful.   One difference between a painter and a photographer is that a painter starts with an empty canvas and puts down on it what he or she wants to present.  A photographer on the other hand, starts with a full canvas and must eliminate what is distracting or unwanted.   In this photo, a relatively long focal length (200mm) was used at a wide aperture (f/2.8) to ensure that there would be a very shallow depth of field.  The focus was on the catch-light, or twinkle, in the dog’s eyes.   The sun was relatively low in the sky and I positioned the boy and his puppy so that they were illuminated from behind.  That produced a rim light that separated the subject from the already out of focus background.  It makes the image come alive.   I typically use a large reflector, made from a rigid foam insulation board (with an aluminum foil surface) and cover over 50 percent of it’s surface with gold spray paint.  This reflector can work from great distances, but must be catching direct rays of sunlight in order to bounce them back.  If there is an overcast sky, it will need to be much closer to the subject to work, but the gold warms what would be the reflection of a cool sky.   Again, a post processing affect was employed on a separate layer (with a mask) to selectively alter areas of the image and to create a painterly look.

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Draping a white blanket over a sofa, makes a simple and clean backdrop symbolizing the purity of a newborn baby.

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Family Photography Tip

Using a wide open aperture (f/2.8 – f4), and making sure the background is far enough away from your subject, you can create a shallow depth of field, so the background is soft and not distracting

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You want to be ready to capture the moment, so think about your framing and exposure settings ahead of time. Be sure to focus on the eyes and don’t be afraid to come in close. Patience will be rewarded with priceless expressions.

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Backlighting with fill light is a great way to add a dramatic edge lighting and keep your subjects from squinting into the sun.

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Touching moments between children and adults are sometimes better when they are not aware of being photographed.

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Family pets can often generate big smiles. Changing the image to black and white instills a timeless quality.

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Coming down to shoot at eye level to kid size creates a picture of their world. The pleasing color and symmetry enhance the quintessential moment of sportsmanship between the kids’ team, which tells as powerful a story as the homerun hit.

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Kida are always in action. Using a panning technique can magnify the feeling of motion.

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