Will Cheung Shoots Macro Photography With The Help Of MPB
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By DiegoSuarezP
Something i found in my house

nice details and b & w maybe help to highlight this!

please comment and give me some tips if you want!


Tags: Black and white Rust and metal



banehawi Plus
19 2.9k 4354 Canada
11 May 2014 11:03PM
Can you provide your shot details, - aperture, shutter speed, focal length, ISO?


banehawi Plus
19 2.9k 4354 Canada
11 May 2014 11:59PM
Ive uploaded a mod as we wait for the shot details.

Its a little underexposed. The mod is brighter, and has more contrast in the tap portion.

I have rotated it to be vertical, and the main focus area has been sharpened.


dudler Plus
19 2.1k 2018 England
12 May 2014 12:20AM
I've done a high-contrast mod, using hte dodge and burn tools to get rid of most of the midtones.

I like Willie's mod, turning this on end: I think I'd like the shot with the pipe slanted...
12 May 2014 4:42AM
Sorry about the delay. i already actualized the details of the capture!

i liked the first modification but the difference is not so big with the original maybe i like that is brighter than the other.

the other two you can scold me if i am wrong, i love the effect but i think that makes the picture too fake, i don't know like very agressive details? what do you think?

12 May 2014 5:25AM
P.d: you took very seriously about the title haha lol
paulbroad 15 131 1294 United Kingdom
12 May 2014 7:54AM
This is a record and, as such, you would be better staying with colour. You need better lighting and should not be using such a high ISO with this type of image. You need a tripod, low ISO and a smaller aperture to get sufficient depth of field. The high iSo has done nothing for the quality and the image is rather flat and drab. You need sharpness, contrast and a brighter image.

In short, better lighting and/or a tripod.

12 May 2014 8:44AM
the colors were a yellow in the register, silver in part of the pipe and rust, i put it in b & w because i thought that this could highlight more details and lines of the picture. do not agree?

Thanks for your help Smile

dark_lord Plus
19 3.0k 836 England
12 May 2014 2:58PM
This is a detail shot and can be more than just a record.
Mono does rely on shape and line which you have here. Colour would be a different interpretation and while being more true to life the colour elements are more lilely to distract the eye from the shape and form.

Your mono conversion is flat tonally, and the increased contrast of the mods shows where you need to be to achieve your desired result I feel.
The amount of contrast in a mono image is very often down to personal taste, but most agree there should be a full range of tones from deep black to bright white.

Paul is right about a tripod being a help as it frees you up to use whatever shutter speed you need.
Generally, something like this detail shot relies on the quality of lower ISO.
However, this is one of those images where a grainy look would suit the old/worn/weathered subject. Again, personal taste and you can add that later in software. There are many tutorials on the internet.

The shallow depth of field is one I would go for here, to keep attention on the lettering. You don't need masses of depth of field. We can see it's a pipe, and it's not an image for a plumbing manual.

I would go for less of the dark pipe on the right as this is fighting for attention with the knob. It also adds little information for the viewer. Moving the camera a touch to the left would avoid that and give a better tonal balance.

Placing the subject off centre is good, and generally to be recommended. A squre crop is also a possibility, and the diagonal composition adds some dynamism.

pamelajean Plus
17 1.8k 2290 United Kingdom
12 May 2014 5:13PM
I like your idea of finding something in the home, going in close for detail, and using selective focusing on it, to make an image.

Your focus is nicely upon the knob and the lettering, with the rest of the pipe fitting falling off in focus, so you have established your focal point.
I like the black and white, it emphasizes the shapes, textures and contrasts so well.
You have effectively placed the fitting off centre, but I would prefer it vertical because the On and Off are more easy on the eye, I don't find myself tilting my head to read the words.
The background is perfectly clean and ideal. There is a little blob beneath the On arrow, and I'm not sure if it is on the wall, or dust on your sensor or lens.

I feel sure you will now be looking around for suitable subjects to photograph.
If you like black and white, you will be looking for a subject that will look good when converted. Think of and look for subjects with mono shots in mind. Recognising potential shots can take practice, but is fun. Being able to ‘see’ how your final shot will look is a key skill.


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