I initially became interested in photography when I purchased my first digital camera several years ago. I originally bought it to take photos when I was out with friends at at critical life changing events for a 20-something year old – birthdays and celebrations at the bars! While I had a lot of fun with it, I was tired of disposable film cameras with their high cost of processing film. And while digital point and shoot cameras were still pricey, I decided to pull the trigger so I could eliminate film processing costs and send photos to friends without scanning them first.
Not long after that I found myself more and more fascinated with photography. My camera’s primary use went from weekends at the bars with my buddies and moved to taking more artistic shots.
And then, I started to migrate into macro photography. I was always fascinated when I saw photos of subjects closer than we normally see them, like insects and flowers.
But my progress at taking macro shots was horrible. I was plagued with bad lighting, unwanted motion blur, odd angles, and every other headache. And this was even AFTER reading about macro photography. Does this headache sound familiar to you?
It’s not unusual to experience these headaches when getting into macro and close-up photography, so you’re not alone. Photography can be a very tricky skill, and the difficulty is multiplied the closer you get to your subject. Plus, most photography books are very general and teach lots of theory, but don’t give very clear directions. To say the least, macro is not easy to get good at.
I’ve created a guide that will show you the proven steps, advanced techniques, and must know tricks to taking stunning macro and close-up shots, time and time again and with ease.
This course is the product of my pain. After having gone through so much to finally take decent macro shots, I realized I’d like to help others avoid the frustration that I endured.
Before I made this, I’ve looked at many macro and close-up photography products out there and they’re either very general, very complicated, or just plain unhelpful.
My experiences with macro photography at the beginning were bad. I thought all I had to do was push the button and I’m done. But that’s not the case. When you get in close, either with a close-up or macro shot, I found out that a lot of things change, so it’s NOT like taking other shots. Lighting, composition, depth of field, and everything else operate somewhat differently.
I don’t know about you, but when I’m trying to get good at a skill, I can easily spend hours at a time focusing. But when things are NOT going my way, I get STRESSED.
And stress leads to pain. Pain in the form of tense shoulders and upper back pain. So taking bad macro shots were not doing me any favors. And the more I pressured myself, the worst I felt from the failures.
Bad shots like these stressed me because I initially didn’t realize that macro techniques ARE different.
These eBooks are specifically designed to provide BOTH depth of understanding on macro and close-up photography with smartphones (i.e. lots to read through), AND to provide many quick tricks to instantly improve your shots.
Another part of my secret to great macro and close-up photos is dead simple. When I first realized how simple it was, I asked myself why everyone wasn’t doing this. Then we could all have amazing pictures and stories to share. And that secret is:
I struggled with this question for some time. I knew that everyone gets some good shots here and there, so why not follow the same process that worked for those shots they took?
First, most photography enthusiasts probably don’t take careful note as to HOW they take their shots. SO when one was successful they didn’t realize why, but were just happy that it was good.
And second, most people don’t have an analytical background. I have a background in the financial sector in a role that deals with strict processes. And in my environment, when things go wrong, people lose money and people get fired. So I’m trained to be thorough.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m not at 100%. No one is. If anyone tells you they are, they lie. And the reality is you likely won’t get to 100% ever. But if only 1.25% of your shots are great, wouldn’t bumping up to 10%, 15%, 25%, or even 50% and over be awesome? I think so.
Tomorrow is a new day. Whether you see yourself at the park trying close-up shots of some cool sea shells, or at the park with that special someone marveling at some ladybugs, you’ll be taking some awesome macro photographs!
Hi! My name’s Terrance, and I’m the author of this eBook series. I hope you like what you’re reading so far and that smartphone photography is as much fun for you as it is for me.
I didn’t go to school for photography. I didn’t apprentice under a professional photographer. And I don’t generate my living from photography or these eBooks. However, I do love photography.
I’ve spent over 10 years learning about it from books, online sites, courses, and from good old trial and error. I spent all this time learning because I just enjoy photography in all its forms (smartphone, DSLR, and point and shoot – yes, I’m a digital guy!).
But I think I was able to progress the way I did due to my personality and my experiences in the financial sector. Both lead me to taking an analytical approach to photography. As I practiced, I dissected the steps, documented the actions… Read more…
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