[Sigma Blog] Macro Photography: Control the background

Take a look at this article about Macro Photography from Sigma Blog!

Source: http://blog.sigmaphoto.com/2014/macro-photography-control-the-background/

By Roman Kurywczak
Categories: Sigma Pro

© 2014 Roman Kurywczak | Lens: Sigma 180mm f/3.5 EX DG HSM APO macro lens | Aperture: f/22 | Shutter speed: 1/300 sec | ISO 640 hand held with Canon MT 24EX twin flash at -1

© 2014 Roman Kurywczak | Lens: Sigma 180mm f/3.5 EX DG HSM APO macro lens | Aperture: f/22 | Shutter speed: 1/300 sec | ISO 640 hand held with Canon MT 24EX twin flash at -1

Unlike other genres of photography, macro photography allows you the most control.  I find that backgrounds are just as critical to the success of a macro image as the subject itself.  My first tip on getting closer was for circumstances where you couldn’t control the background.  My second tip is to show you that in most cases, you can control the background and it is relatively easy!  The butterfly image above was taken in Butterfly World in Coconut Creek Florida. There are thousands of live butterflies in the aviary with a great variety but many times the backgrounds are less than appealing.  What to do in that situation? I will walk though the aviary looking for a location with a nice background and ignore almost everything else going on!  Once I find a bloom that is isolated from the background I will patiently wait for a butterfly to land on it and fire away.  Using this technique in the field will always make for stronger compositions, as cluttered background will often distract from the beauty of the main subject.

© 2014 Roman Kurywczak |Lens: Sigma 180mm f/3.5 EX DG HSM APO macro | Aperture: f/25 | Shutter speed: 1/80 sec. | ISO 800 tripod

© 2014 Roman Kurywczak |Lens: Sigma 180mm f/3.5 EX DG HSM APO macro | Aperture: f/25 | Shutter speed: 1/80 sec. | ISO 800 tripod

The image above is a good example of what you typically find out in the field and how you can, with a little thought, control the final result.  The top image is exactly how I found the flower in a local park.  The light was harsh so the first thing I did was use a diffuser to even out the light and you can see the result in the image below.

© 2014 Roman Kurywczak | Lens: Sigma 180mm f/3.5 EX DG HSM APO macro | Aperture:  f/25 | Shutter speed:  1/80 sec | ISO 800 tripod with Canon MT 24EX twin flash at -1& 2/3

© 2014 Roman Kurywczak | Lens: Sigma 180mm f/3.5 EX DG HSM APO macro | Aperture: f/25 | Shutter speed: 1/80 sec | ISO 800 tripod with Canon MT 24EX twin flash at -1& 2/3

To read the rest of this article, please visit the original source: http://blog.sigmaphoto.com/2014/macro-photography-control-the-background/

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