Okay, bring your camera in close… Closer… A bit closer… There! Perfect!

When you want to get in real close to your subject, you are entering the realm of the macro photographer. Usually this means you need a specialized macro lens, one that allows for extremely close focusing distances and provides a reproduction ratio of at least 1:1. For some subjects this may be your only choice, for example, capturing the minute details of an insect. For situations like that I will grab my M.Zuiko Digital 60mm F2.8 Macro lens. But often I want to capture a great close-up of my subject, giving it the macro ‘feel’ without actually being all that close. That’s when I put on a longer lens and turn to telephoto macros.

Using a telephoto lens for your close-up shots comes with several advantages over a regular macro lens;

​Better depth of field – macro lenses have very shallow depths of field and often require you to focus bracket in order to get sharpness throughout your subject. Although this can be the case with a telephoto lens it is far less of an issue.

Better control of natural light – given your increased distance you are far less likely to cast unwanted shadows on your subject with your camera or body.

Easier framing – Since most telephoto lenses are also zoom lenses it is easier to frame your shot

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Shooting Telephoto Macros
Shooting Tips and More by Peter Baumgarten at Olympus

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Wandering Spirit

Hobart-based photographer Hillary Younger describes herself as a gypsy, never standing still while she travels to some of the most beautiful locations on earth.

Hillary’s Tips for Great Landscapes Images
1. Ensure there is a focal point – a definite subject. A visual reason you took this image. It may be the highest point, the brightest point, the most luminous point. The part of the image that spoke to you, that intrigued and interested you in that landscape.
2.Create a transition to the focal point. That transition is towards an opposite: it can be from cool to warm; from light to dark; from high contrast to low contrast; from big to small. This will create a sense of three dimensionality in the image.
3. Simplify the composition. Landscapes are complex, full of varying shapes, textures and tonalities. Look for lines and shapes that can simplify the landscape and lead the eye on a specific journey.
4. Master the techniques involved in capturing the visual information you need. Understand the dynamic range of your sensor and how to make the most of its capabilities. In some situations you may need to take multiple shots at different exposures to increase the amount of information your camera can capture.

Hillary Younger’s beautiful landscape images are the product of a nomadic lifestyle and a pursuit of beauty in places far from the beaten track. It’s something that’s also marked her out as one of our Nation’s finest landscape photographers. She shares her remarkable story with AP editor Mike O’Connor

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Wandering Spirit
via Australian Photography Magazine

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Winter Photography

Tips to protect yourself and your gear and to make stunning exposures of the season.
Text & Photography by Kevin McNeal

Winter is a memorable time for photographers who enjoy the challenges and the rewards that come with photographing the season. Dedication comes to mind when we think of photographers who enjoy going on adventures in freezing temperatures to capture images in conditions that other photographers would not be willing to consider.

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Get Ready For Winter Photography
By Kevin McNeal
more at Outdoor Photographer

Digital Photography The Complete Guide – Vol 27

If you love photography and ’drawing with light’, then this guide is your gateway to taking it further and mastering the many aspects of the craft. Modern cameras are marvels of technology but they are only as good as the person who takes the shot. If you are ready to raise your game to the next level, we are here to help you become the best photographer you know you can be.

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Digital Photography The Complete Guide – Vol 27
The ultimate guide for digital photographers!

via BDM Publications

Digital Photography Beginners Guide Vol 26

If up until now you have enjoyed photography but it has been limited to taking snaps and shooting selfies on your cameraphone, you could be missing out on a whole world of creative possibilities. Taking the next step to becoming a better photographer and moving up into the world of digital SLRs and interchangeable lens camera systems can seem daunting. You might feel that there’s so much to learn and too many techniques to be mastered. Don’t worry, within these pages are many useful tips and guides to get you started; and hopefully we can show you that good photography is easier to achieve than you thought possible.

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Digital Photography Beginners Guide Vol 26
The essential guide for budding photographers!

via BDM Publications