Dark macro technique

Dark macro is a powerful subject isolation technique, even more so than the fan favorite, the shallow depth of field. Unlike techniques that rely in drawing your attention to the subject, dark macro achieves isolation by wiping out anything else from the image.

Dark macro is a flash photography technique. Although this technique is not specific to macro photography, macro photography poses special challenges due to outdoor shooting and the size of the subjects. Let me tell you how to do dark macro and how to set up your flash and the camera.

Olympus ultimate back button focus guide

Olympus cameras are well-known for their configurability. Autofocus is probably one of the most configurable features of these cameras. In fact, discussing every possible option for autofocus will probably require a book! Therefore, in this article, I will (ehm) focus on back button focus and how to set up your OM-D E-M1X or E-M1 camera for back button focusing. Let me tell you all about it.

Macro or micro?

Is it "macro photography" or "micro photography?" Is there a difference? Let me tell you all about it.

Should you shoot Jpeg?

As I mentioned in one of the previous articles, there is no such thing as 'should' in photography. Your camera offers a choice of Raw and Jpeg (Tiff?) shooting, and those are all yours to take advantage of. There is nothing inherently wrong with either format. In this article, I'm going to discuss why you may want to shoot Jpeg and what you can get out of it.

Should you shoot raw?

The short answer is that there's no such thing as "should" in photography. Reality is that your camera (usually) gives you two output formats (sometimes three), and there is really no reason why you must forbid yourself to use one or the other. I hope that takes care of the "should" part. Now, which one do you want or need is up to you and your particular shooting style. In this post, I will try to enumerate the key points regarding the raw file format, and what it brings to the table.

Macro photography with macro extension tubes

If you've got some non-macro lenses and you want to get started with macro photography, macro extension tubes are one of the first options that are recommended. But how close can you get with extension tubes? Does it affect image quality? How well does the autofocus work with them? What do you get and what do you lose?