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Before and After: Pear Macro

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I realized that I haven’t done a macro before and after! So here it is! I’m still working on my macro photography skills, but I absolutely love it and I recommend every photographer do it. It’s so relaxing. It can literally make my day 10 times better. I use my trusty Nikon 105mm f/2.8D AF Micro-Nikkor lens (yes, I have the older version that doesn’t have the vibration reduction. I’ll get there eventually!).

Here are the two pull-backs I have. The pear was where the fruit basket is in the second image.

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So, as you can see, I have window light. The sun is right outside my window shining in, it’s about 6pm. I have all the lights on inside turned off (even any lamps, this is all being lit by sunlight). As you can see in the image below, the background is black. that’s because I am shooting down at the pear with my dark wood table behind it.

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One of these days I’ll post a before and after of an image where I DID NOT NAIL EXPOSURE in camera. But, for now, I want to point out how important it is to get everything as close to perfect in camera. If you aren’t getting the image you want in camera, you are doing way more work than you have to in post processing. Learn the right way to expose. Practice. Practice your focus and your comp. I hardly crop my images while I’m processing them. I try really hard to get the image close to perfect IN CAMERA. I cannot stress that enough! I’ve been there, where I thought my post processing was so amazing that I didn’t have to get it right in camera. I could just fix it later. WRONG. Get it right in camera! It makes it so much easier in the long run.

Take this image for example, I only had to do minor things to it to get that rich rich color. I want to point out that I shoot all my images in RAW. I highly recommend shooting in RAW because it helps preserve details in your image. But it also makes your straight out of camera look blah. That’s ok, because with just a little bit of tweaking, you can bring out such wonderful color! I like to up my clarity for macro photos. But not too much. Usually around 10-20. Just depends on the image. But as far as editing goes, I edit just like I do all my other images: with my preset. This preset bumps up contrast and clarity. It bumps down highlights. And then it adds in a curve that is slightly bumped up in the middle. That’s it! Literally! I didn’t have to do much at all for this image. I like it like that!

If you have any questions, feel free to ask them in the comments!

Happy Friday! ❤

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