Canon EOS-M for Macro

As I tend to just go out hunting for subjects rather than have any specific subject in mind, I’ve been trying to maximise the ability to shoot quickly at different magnifications, whilst minimising the need to adjust the lighting setup. A key requirement was also to reduce the weight as much as possible (I had a nightmare trying to cart all my gear in the hand-luggage the last time I went travelling).

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“I don’t want ants!”

“I don’t want ants!” stated my wife after my mother noticed a small cluster along the edge of the newly laid patio.  We took the opportunity over the winter to “re-engineer” the backyard as it was in serious need of some TLC.  Now all the main construction work had been completed it was looking pretty bare as we hadn’t yet got any flowers in.  This didn’t seem to deter a colony of ants from locating a new home in one of the borders.

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Skin Retouching Technique – Frequency Seperation

This is a very useful method to even out skin tones and remove blemishes whilst retaining skin texture as much as possible.  I’ve used other techniques in the past (inverse high filter passes, gaussian blur layers and various levels of masking) but this method seems to deliver the best results and minimises the risk of over smoothing the skin.

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Sunny 16

Here’s a handy tip to check if your exposure metering is correct on your old car boot SLRs (or at least the reported exposure).  Known as the “Sunny 16 Rule” for reasons that will become apparent; head outside on a bright summer’s day when the sun is high in the sky.  Set your camera’s aperture to be F16, set the ISO (or ASA) setting as low as possible (100 or 125), and set your shutter speed to be 125.

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