work­shop sum­mary: Ian Pain

Digital SLR Photography - - The Photo Workshop -

“As a land­scape pho­tog­ra­pher, I’m more ac­cus­tomed to shoot­ing the ‘ big­ger pic­ture’, so it was re­ally chal­leng­ing think­ing small and look­ing for the finer de­tails. As we walked the gar­dens look­ing for sub­ject matter, Ross gave some great point­ers. At first I was very scep­ti­cal about the bud­get op­tions avail­able for close- up pho­tog­ra­phy, but I was pleas­antly sur­prised at how you can achieve amaz­ing results re­gard­less of which op­tion you use. While the close- up fil­ters and ex­ten­sion tubes proved to be trick­ier to use, and re­quired me to get much closer to me sub­ject com­pared to the macro lens, the ex­pe­ri­ence wouldn’t put me off from us­ing them again. Af­ter spend­ing the day un­der the ex­cel­lent tute­lage of Ross, I feel more con­fi­dent to do more close- up pho­tog­ra­phy. I learnt that when deal­ing with the small de­tails, the slight­est move­ment can change your com­po­si­tion dra­mat­i­cally and there­fore it is best to ex­plore lots of an­gles be­fore mov­ing on. If I was to choose one method, it would have to be the macro lens for ease of use and dis­tance from your sub­ject matter. I shall be drop­ping hints to the wife be­tween now and my birth­day!”

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