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Beads & Sequins

By littleAproductions      
Closeup of a mini sequin and beaded handbag. An addition to my textile shots showing different materials and textures.

Tags: Fashion Closeup Close-up and macro Detail Net Thread Sequin Textile Bead Handbag Taupe


dudler Plus
16 1.2k 1679 England
16 Mar 2014 4:47PM
This is a subtle and interesting shot...

I really like the layering you've got here - it's a bit like the receding planes effect in a misty landscape, but in a close-up: highly intriguing and a little mystifying, at first.

The colours are subtle and go well together: and the darkening at either side works nicely to hold attention in the frame.

My one query is whether there's any strong enough point (or plane) of interest... I think the most natural one would have been the line of buttons/sequins that's actually well out of focus, almsot exactly halfway up the frame. It's likely that this would look a fraction better than the further line, which is where your focus is.

A more letterbox crop, excluding the relatively dead top and bottom zones might be good - I'll try it.

And I think that further experiments with this set-up will be well worthwhile.

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Thank you very much Dudler for your comments and your modification. I really love it! I see what you are saying about the plane of interest.
Coast 12 1.6k 292 United Kingdom
16 Mar 2014 5:29PM
John makes some good points here. I agree with the layering which makes this an interesting shot.

It needs more sharpness for me and also with your purpose being to capture the different materials and textures that central line of buttons, sequins and material is crying out to be crisp and sharp to show itself off.

Looking at your EXIF data you have shot at the widest aperture available as you moved to the longer end of the zoom. It would need a tripod but I would have turned the aperture down to f11 or f16 and correspondingly gone for a slower shutter speed. This would give you more depth of field (area in focus in front of and behind the point of focus).

John's mod is quite good for me as it does create more of a landscape feel and slight abstract. Based on your stated purpose however I would reshoot with a smaller aperture to give more depth of field and subsequently more in focus. Alternatively change the angle to keep the materials of the bag more flat to the plane of the camera sensor. This way capturing all the different textiles and textures you want to show and will not require a small aperture as it will need less DoF.

Worth noting that as you close down the aperture you start to lose some quality in the lens resolution due to the physics of light and diffraction. All lenses have what is known as the "sweet spot" which is often around f8 or f11 for most lenses. This does vary however and usually looking up test reviews of a given lens will reveal it's best operating aperture for quality.

Hope that helps. Interesting image and nicely lit.

Thank you, Paul! I will give this a go before I leave for work tomorrow. I prefer natural light. Luckily, the conservatory has one of those clear plastic like roofs and I get the morning light beaming in from the back garden. What would your recommendation be as far as lens size for shooting detail in fabrics? This photo is a good example of what I like. It has different elements such as the sheer material, beads, sequins, and layers. I want to be able to take photos that make you want to just touch it.

I have 50mm, 70-200, 18-55mm, 10-24mm and 28/30-90mm lenses.

Coast 12 1.6k 292 United Kingdom
16 Mar 2014 10:27PM
Hi Andrea

On your 600D approx 30mm will give you the same field of view as to the human eye (50mm on full frame) so this may be a good starting point for lens choice. A wide angle will distort perspective close up. A telephoto compresses perspective - can make things appear closer together.

Apart from time and after the expense of your kit, digital is broadly free, so experiment and see what you can come up with. The smaller the aperture you use the more area in front of and behind your point of focus will remain sharp. You may understand this so apologies if this is sucking eggs. If not have a look at this

I hope that helps.

paulbroad 13 131 1289 United Kingdom
17 Mar 2014 9:33AM
For ne, youneed more sharp and youneed a more dominant subject. There is very little sharp here to the point where you have to look for it, and that strongly indicates the lack of a subject. You need a smaller aperture and if the light is low, a tripod. Then shutter speed is not a problem. I would try and use sone oblique lighting, though, to add some contrast and modelling.

Your lens will not perform well wide open. Few mass priduced zooms do. They need to go down a couple of stops. I would use the 50mm on tubes. Ideally you need a macro lens for such images, but a set of extension tubes is much cheaper and, for this kind of shot, could be very cheap manual versions. You can experiment with exposure.

A decent 50mm on tubes can be nearly as good as a macro lens, but slower to use.

Here, I would crop the brighter area off the top. It is the brightest highlight and fight on an edge. Rarely ideal compositionally.


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