Close-up Photo Tips

To witness two lovers is a spectacle for the gods. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Coconut Creek, Florida
Canon 1Ds Mark II
Canon 50mm Macro Lens
Aperture Priority Mode
ISO 400
f/9.0 @ 1/80th sec.

Close-up Photo Tips:
• Use a true macro lens for close-up photography. It will get you closer than a zoom with a macro setting.
• Pay extra attention to depth-of-field, because depth-of-field is limited.
• Use a ringlight for even illumination.
• The background can make or break the photograph.

Life Lessons We Can Learn from Mother Nature, my latest iPad app, was recently released on the iTunes app store. The concept: On each page of the e-book-type app you’ll find an inspirational or motivational quote accompanied by one of my wildlife or landscape photographs. I tired to match each photograph to the quote, which was a challenging but rewarding process.

The photographs are from my travels over the years; the quotes are gathered from a lifetime of looking for inspiration from others.

To celebrate the iPad app, co-developed with Juan Pons (the dude who started the Digital Photo Experience with me), I’ll be posting a picture and quote from time to time here on my blog – pictures and quotes that are not in the app. I’ll also include the location in which each photograph was taken, as well as the camera data – as I do in the app.

To order the app, which also features my favorite Photoshop techniques for wildlife and nature photography, click on the iPhone/iPad photos on the right.

If you have an inspiration quote you’d like to share, please share it here via a Comment.

Explore the light – and explore the iPad!