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February contest: Macro.

Sun Feb 1, 2015, 1:00 AM
Are you ready for a new contest? :eager:
To continue with the monthly contest,
the photography category which will be spotlighted for the entire
month this February will be Macro.
If you entered January's contest, know that the winners will
be announced in the middle of the month!


:heart: What's the theme?


Large Red Damselfly - Pyrrhosoma nymphula by Mendipman Tears of a Fairy. by OliviaMichalski Golden stars by Musterkatze


  • You can check out these useful journals with tips to introduce you to Macro photography: 

Macro-PhotographyWhat's Macro Photography? Technically a Macro photograph shows a subject that is life size compared to the size of the negative of a SLR or sensor in a Full Frame DSLR, that's a 1:1 reproduction ratio aspect. For example, if we take a macro of an object wich is 35 mm long, it will cover the whole frame, no matter what size the reproduction, if we are shooting with a Full Frame camera. Often a ratio aspect of 1:2 is also considered Macro, although that ratio shows subjects wich life size is half of the size compared to the negative or sensor, I preffer to call those pictures Close-up photograpies.
Here is an example of what I'm saying: I shot a measuring tape with my D600, wich is a full frame camera, and my macro lens set at the maximun magnification. As you can see there's exactly 35 mm of the tape.

Example of 1:1 ratio aspect with a full frame camera
What do we need to do Macro Photography? Well, firstly a c
  Macro Photography: NatureThere are a few sub-categories of Macro Photography here on deviantART and throughout this week MarcosRodriguez and myself will talk you through some of them. Firstly we’ll start with Macro –Nature, which is probably the most straightforward of the three and can be found here.
Don’t be afraid of categorising your work. It can quite likely fit into two categories particularly if it has a nature focus as we also have the Animals, Plants and Nature galleries. But if Macro as a technique was used to capture your image, then it’s probably best to slot it into a sub-gallery of Macro to get it the best exposure here on deviantART. Remember also that Community Volunteers won’t award Daily Deviation to clearly mis-categorized works. So it’s a benefit all round to get it in the right place to start with. Below are some examples of ‘Nature’ Macro Photography to give
  Macro Human: Shooting Right in the Eye!This blog will particularly help those hoping to take a Macro Eye photograph for this weeks mini contest! Hopefully the title caught your attention...anyway...Macro photography can be challenging at the best times. So it's even more difficult to photograph an eye (watery e.t.c) least of all your own. As photographers, most of us are obsessed with eyes. We endlessly try to capture eyes at their sharpest in portraiture photographs, so starting with the basics (just capturing the eye) can help us get to grips with the fundamentals of Eye photography. There are many photoshop actions and brushes out there designed to make the 'eyes' pop - but for now this tutorial will just focus on the basic tools - the camera.

:bulletblack: You'll need a macro lens - or another means of obtaining 1:1 magnification of an object. You can use a close up filter (fairly cheap on Ebay), lens reverse ring or extension tube.
:bulletblack: Your light source needs to be con
 

Ten Macro Photography TipsMacro photography is photography magnified. It is generally recognized as “macro” when you are increasing the size of an object in your picture from about half life-size, as represented on the image sensor, to five times life-size. Here are some top tips for capturing great Macro Photography. If you have any to add please leave them in the comments below the article!
1) Lens choice...
Many lens choices have that very tempting 'Macro setting' on them which supposedly allows your camera to magically transform itself into the ability to be a complete perfect macro lens. It works sometimes! Depending on your camera. However if you want to capture true Macro photography then you need a true Macro Lens. What Digital Camera? gives readers some advice on which lens to choose and
  The essentials of Macro photography.Hi, deviants! This week is Community week, and I am giving my best to introduce some essential tips concerning macro photography.
But first of all: What is macro photography?
Macro photography - what is it about? 
Wikipedia tells us things like "extreme close-up photography, usually of very small subjects, in which the size of the subject in the photograph is greater than life size" (Source: Wikipedia.org)
But is that really all that matters? It is a common fact that many people believe that macro photography is photography which refers to life size
  How to improve your skills in close-up-photographySince many people asked me how I take my pictures and why they are so "special", I would like to tell you how I manage things when I take pictures.
I. Finding the location
When I go outside to take pictures of nature, I do barely have any concepts in my mind. I just go and let nature inspire me. The first important step is finding a location.It is not that difficult to find an interesting background. I personally do prefer backgrounds which are not monochrome. Many shades of light (light and dark contrasts or different colors) make your picture interesting, no matter if the final result will be monochrome or colorful in the end.I look out for locations where not many people are. Like a big meadow in front of a house or a field or forests. (Forests do have the special plus that it does almost always have different light shadings I mentioned in 2).
II. Know your possibilities!


You have found your favourite location? Great! Many people do the mistake to


:heart: How to enter?


  • Only 1 entry per person!

  • It must be a NEW photo TAKEN and submited in February 2015. This is really important. Be sure your data and hour camera settings are correct.

  • We would appreciate it if you mention in the artist's comments that it is an entry for the CRPhotography contest!

  • DEADLINE is: Saturday 28th February at 3pm PST (11pm GMT). Then the admins of the group will judge the entries and we'll let you know who the winners are with another journal entry in the following month.


:heart: What are the prizes?

There will be three winners, and each of them will receive...
a 3 month Premium Membership!

:heart: Spread the word!

If you can contribute to the prizes we'll truly appreciate it! You can help by offering features, points, llamas...
Help us spread the word: Fav this article, share it with your friends... The more the better!
And don't hesitate to contact us if you have any doubts or problems submitting your entry! :hug:

Happy Snapping! :heart:


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iAmoret Featured By Owner Edited Feb 13, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
I submitted mine, but it's not appearing in my correspondence :shifty: just gonna casually drop it here.... frozen love Hide Under Rock 
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mylittlebluesky Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
When you submit to the Favourites it doesn't appear on your correspondance (I think!). Well, what I know is that you don't have to worry :)
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iAmoret Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
oh okay

you can see how often I do these things :slow:
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Bimmi1111 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Wondering the same thing as the person below me... I took my photo yesterday but it doesn't have the exif data showing... do I need to re-upload it with a file that shows this data? 
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mylittlebluesky Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
No don't worry :)
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Bimmi1111 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Ok thank you :D 
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LittleFawnsPhotos Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
What happens if you don't display your camera exif data on your page?

I use the "save for web" feature on Photoshop elements which takes out the exif data.
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mylittlebluesky Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Then the submission date on deviantART is what counts... We won't ask you for the original photo, no worries.
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LittleFawnsPhotos Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much :)
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IndigoSummerr Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2015
I'll enter! :la:
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mylittlebluesky Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Yay!
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Musterkatze Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Yeah, great theme! I love macros :love: I hope I have time to take part.
Thank you for adding my photo as example :happybounce: 
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mylittlebluesky Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Yaaaaay! No problem :hug:
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SimplyLyn Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
I will look forward to experimenting around while doing this, but I am seriously wondering how much my compact camera can handle. XD
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mylittlebluesky Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Perfect time for trying, then :eager:
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Rick-TinyWorlds Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015  Student Photographer
Aah, damn the new photo rule.
Still have lots of good photos when the vegetation was not winter-ly.
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mylittlebluesky Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Hmmmm... Yeah, the rules are the rules! But I'm sure you still can take awesome macro photos in these winter days ;)
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Rick-TinyWorlds Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015  Student Photographer
I  found moss growing in a hollow part of a plastic roof. Looks super neat, like a mini green house 8)
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Marloeshi Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015
Yayyyyyyy, I bought a macro lens a few days ago! This will be a great chance to take part of this competition! :D
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mylittlebluesky Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Yaaaaaaaaaaay! :D
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TomGarot Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Ooooh yes, i am so in for this La la la la 
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mylittlebluesky Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Fantastic to hear :eager:
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MarcosRodriguez Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015
Yes!! Macro!!! :squee:
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mylittlebluesky Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
That is "your jam", right? :giggle:
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MarcosRodriguez Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2015
:nod:
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