Quick Tip: Fill that Frame!

A couple of weeks ago I mentioned a few things on using the macro setting on your camera. We talked about finding the little flower icon and how to test cameras in the store...but just how do you use that macro to enhance your small object photography?


Three words:

FILL THE FRAME!


What I mean by that is: turn on your macro function and get your camera as close to your object as it will allow you to go and still get you the "green box" indicating sharp focus. If you are brave enough to fill that frame (or alternately, crop it in close in your photo editor), the results could be quite dramatic.

Go from this:


To this:



From this:


To this:


When you are reviewing your photos of your small object products, ask yourself: 

Does this photo help me to see the kind of detail 
I would look for if I were seeing it in person?

Does this photo make me feel like I could 
reach out and touch that object?

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Have some great before and after shots to share? 
Email them to me via marlo [at] smallobjectphotography.com!

5 Response to "Quick Tip: Fill that Frame!"

Linda B said...

Those are great shots and wonderful questions to ask ourselves about our pictures.

Thanks for sharing.

Haute Goat Reclaimed Cashmere said...

With my Canon Powershot, I can't zoom & use macro at the same time (i.e. it won't focus). I can only use macro if I'm totally zoomed out. Is that normal?

IMakeCuteStuff (aka Marlo M.) said...

Hi Haute Goat!
Yep. Totally normal! You don't need the zoom feature in macro mode because what the macro really does is allow you to move your *camera* closer to the object you're shooting - rather than relying on a zoom feature to bring *it* closer to you. The closer your camera is to your object, the more dramatic and sharp your image will be!

I_am_Tulsa said...

thank you, thank you THANK YOU!

Orese said...

What a difference, indeed

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