macro photography in the kitchen

macro photo of peanuts

macro photo of peanuts

I wandered into the kitchen looking for a mid-afternoon snack to squelch out the hunger pains and hold me off until dinner time.

There they were. Those crunchy, salty, fat and protein laden peanuts. You never know where the next macro photography idea will come from.

I simply made a pile of these peanuts on the kitchen table, grabbed my Manfrotto tripod, Canon 5D, Opteka Extension Tubes, and my 85mm f1.8 lens.

The lighting in this location is absolutely ideal. The kitchen table is in the back corner of my house. There are 2 side by side windows on the one wall and a full-panel glass double door on the other wall. Both are very close the the corner.

This gives me an ideal macro lighting that is soft and broad and provides a great light source. this type of macro lighting is usually great for small textured shapes the peanuts.

This close-sup literally took me 5 minutes to set up. It's not an award winner-most of my photographs aren't. It does show you that when you focus on a certain mindset, like coming up with ideas for macro photos, you'll find them.

Have fun!
Photo TipMan

p.s. After the big photo shoot I ate up the subject!

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cabbage close-up

by Macro Man
(USA)

Red Cabbage Close-up

Red Cabbage Close-up

My wife was getting ready to make corned beef and cabbage. She was in a hurry, so I had to get a quick macro photo before she popped it into the pot.

I am all about using natural lighting when available.

1. I placed the cabbage head on the kitchen table and placed a white fill card to the left of my subject. The light was coming from two side-by-side double-hung windows on a cloudy day.

2. I attached a single 31mm extension tube to my dslr and then attached an 85mm prime lens.

3. I attached the camera to my Manfrotto tripod, attached a shutter cord, and set the camera to mirror lock-up in the "custom settings" area of the menu.

4. Exposure was 1.3 seconds at f-11 on ISO 320.
I cropped and sharpened a little in Photoshop.

Start to finish for this photo's creation was only about 15 minutes.


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macro idea from the bathroom

by Macro Man
(USA)

Q-tip cotton swabs are a great macro photography subject

Q-tip cotton swabs are a great macro photography subject

Q-tip cotton swabs are a great macro photography subject
Abstract black and white macro - razor

When I mentally searched the bathroom in my mind for subjects to photograph close-up, the idea of cotton swabs felt intriguing.

I also posted the macro shot of the razor blade which was also a result of that exploration process into something different than the traditional macro subjects.

The easiest subjects to make look beautiful at the macro level are flowers. The colors, the unique shapes, the size and the multitude of varieties make it one of the simplest to achieve success with in macro photography.

Lighting and composition should be kept simple with such a subject.

The second most commonly photographed subjects for macro work are insects. They are available in just about all warm climates but moving insects provide an extra challenge in terms of exposure times and getting sharp focus.

I uploaded a video on YouTube to show a super simple lighting set-up that used only one light for photographing the cotton swabs. The close-up of the razor blade was photographed in the same spot as the Q-tips. I just added a white board to provide the reflections on the shiny metal surfaces.

I converted them both to black and white to add more emphasis on shapes and lighting.

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Feb 06, 2014
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bathroom macro ideas
by: Anonymous

How about a toothbrush or the tip of your mascara brush for a good macro shot?

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macro photo of ........something in the bathroom

by Sponge Bob
(Watertown and Bath)

Macro Photo of White Body Wash

Macro Photo of White Body Wash

Macro Photo of White Body Wash
Macro Photo of Sponge

It was a bitter cold day outside; was neither fit for man nor beast. No doubt a good idea to explore the close-up world inside where it was warm and dry.

A challenge to pick a room and find something to photograph using the macro method of a prime lens and extension tubes.

It is doubtful I'll find a beautiful subject like a flower, which is the most photographed macro subject of all-time, but It is still a good way to practice technique on a day when outdoor picture conditions aren't desirable.

No light modification with extra photo lights or flash allowed. The only thing that could be used was to be something already available in the room.

Now, to pick a room that has not been ventured in before, to put the creative pressure on oneself to find an interesting subject to get up close and personal with.

The bathroom. I have no idea what could possible be found in such a personal space that would make an interesting composition.

A sponge has some interesting details. A try at that yields nothing but a rough, textured, purple surface of nooks and crannies with no center of interest.

Let's add a blob of silky white body wash on top of the sponge. This photo at least has a little more visual interest.

It's got a few curved lines, somewhat interesting reflections and a couple of small bubbles on the surface to break up repetitions.

It was taken on the bathroom counter with a double window off to the right providing a nice soft light.

I think you might be able to do better than this. Challenge yourself. Pick a room in your house and block off a few hours and try to create an interesting close-up of a few subjects in that room and get a decent photo.

Then you can return here upload it and get some feedback on your photograph.

Have fun with your photography!!

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Feb 12, 2014
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Critique of macro photos
by: Anonymous

The sponge one doesn't look like a close-up photo because it is so abstract.

The photo of the body wash is pretty cool because it looks like a smoothed-out pile of sand in the desert, shaped by swirling winds to create the spiral

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