By zeroing in on the smaller picture within the bigger view, you can often spotlight graphic-design elements such as pattern, line, color, etc.
Best yet, with macro photography (extreme close-ups), you don’t have to travel far to find eye-catching subjects. You can explore the intriguing world of macro just about anywhere.
One example is my recent macro photo project (below), in which the "star" of the show is an old serving dish that caught my attention at a second-hand shop. From a photography point of view, it turned out to be a worthwhile purchase!
The dish is clear glass, but as the "overall set-up" image shows, the background provided the color - red and blue lawn chairs, plus an orange umbrella. I then moved in tight with my macro lens and focused on the dish's graphic-design elements (pattern and line). See Macro Dish Design 1 and 2.
Macro Dish Design 1. f/22 @ 1/2 sec.; ISO 200; 105mm macro lens; tripod.
(c) Kerry Drager
Macro Dish Design 2. f/22 @ 3/4 sec.; ISO 200;
105mm macro lens; tripod. (c) Kerry Drager
A couple of other shooting strategies:
- For the Macro Dish Design close-ups, I chose a very small aperture (f/22), in order to achieve a good depth of field - in other words, as much sharpness as possible throughout the image.
- I also used a tripod with a cable shutter release. The tripod not only keeps the camera steady when shooting stationary scenes, but it also helps you make more precise adjustments in the composition.
- My new book co-authored with Jim Miotke - The BetterPhoto Guide to Creative Digital Photography - focuses on composition, design, color, and light.