I know that is quite the inviting title for jokes, so go ahead and bring them on! I am pretty sure there was a video with that title in the backroom of the video store I worked at in college…

I love macro, I think it is by far one of the most interesting aspects of photography.  How cool is it that you  can find the smallest details in the smallest things and blow them up to fill an entire frame of a photograph?  Pretty darn cool!  The best part is, it is relatively cheap to get yourself into Macro photography.  Buying a super slick macro lens can get pretty pricey, unless you are a Canon owner, that 1.8 lens for a little over a buck is nice!  Did you know there are other routes?  You can actually buy a ring that goes on the front of you lens, like a filter,but allows you to mount the lens backwards on your camera.  This is the same concept as a macro lens and can actually give you pretty good results.

This image was taken with a the zuiko 50mm macro lens and an extension tube (this is one of the expensive routes).  You can read all about this photo and how I captured it…here!

Photo Tip For Macro:

Macro and HDR can be very difficult!  Many times your subject matter will be moving, like Charlotte here who was in the middle of a meal when I snagged this shot.  My suggestion, forget about brackets, shoot for a single well exposed RAW file and extract the dynamic range later.  You can do that several ways, my favorite combo is Adobe Camera Raw and Topaz Adjust 5.

Blake Rudis
f.64 Academy and f.64 Elite are the brainchildren of Blake Rudis. While he is a landscape photographer he is most passionate about post-processing images in Photoshop and mentoring others.

For Blake, it is less about the art and more about the process. He dives deep into difficult topics and makes them easy to understand through his outside the box thinking.
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