It is so exciting for me to see how other photographers interpret and create their own macro lens paintings. It is also nice to see people post blogs about this style of photography.
One day I was scanning blogs that I follow and I came across Don Johnston blog in which the photographer writes about how he learned the style of macro lens painting from me. He did such an amazing job and I was so impressed with his work, that I had to share it with you as well.
Teaching others and seeing how they interpret my work into their own is so fulfilling. I am always striving to try new things and improve my own style of work, so when someone else does this, it inspires me even more to share my projects.
Getting published and having my work in hotels and restaurants for others to enjoy is great, but what really floats my boat is teaching and mentoring other photographers. I love to see them grow and fulfill their own desire to create.
Thank you to all of you that I have worked with especially my apprentices in the Arcanum. You make me smile every day!
Cheers to creatives!
Here is my latest macro lens painting.
In our new Professional Macro & Close-up Photography group, Troy had asked, “We all love taking pictures of flowers (I do as well) and we’ve all seen various angles and perspectives – some tired and some truly unique. We look for color, light, and texture – we try to separate our subject with position and framing – we consider a myriad of technical and artistic rules breaking some and following others before ever pushing the button. Some of us do this without thinking while others analyze and scrutinize. To this end I ask – what is your approach when shooting a flower? How are you trying to be unique and fresh?”
I love this question so much that it made me want to write about it here. This was my answer. This is a great question Troy Arnold! When I first look at a flower I pay attention to what draws my eyes in first. I then start to play with that in a variety of compositions, f-stops, stacked shots, lighting, and always focusing on what I love about the flower. Sometimes my shots bring me to other elements of my story, but that is usually how I start my creative process.”
If you haven’t joined the macro fun, please join and start creating. Our Facebook group is a great place to share and chat about macro and close-up photography. You’ll see ideas from macro lovers and hopefully it will motivate you to play with your work. Why not, don’t get stuck on doing the same thing every time. That’s boring!
Below is an example of what I was talking about. It’s part of a flower. Yep, my eyes went to this area and I saw a praying mantis/alien, haha, well, it looks alive. 🙂 I tried various ways to photograph the location and this is what I came up with. Fun! Fun! Fun!
I hope this inspires you to “see” what you like while photographing macro and flowers. Now get started and focus, well you may not need to focus, but you will need to express what you’re feeling and that comes with experimentation and knowledge.
Just an FYI. You don’t need to be a professional photographer to join the group, but you do need to love the craft so much that you aspire to be a professional in your future.
Today’s blog post is short but sweet. I wanted to share with you my new Facebook group “Sullivan J Photography”. I started this group so people can see the behind the scenes of our work and what it takes to create the images so many people ask about. I think it’s fun to see the before and after of shots and also the software and equipment used to make the image exactly what you want it to be. If you’re interested please join us and share your fun too!
I wanted the most of the water drops in focus in the foreground and background so I had to stack the image. These are backlit dandelion seeds. I’m drawn to water and seeds, the essence of life. This was shot on Black Plexi glass and lit with a red gels on my lights. I processed this in Lightroom, Photoshop, Topaz & On1. I plan to add the before and after image to our new Facebook group and I’ll add more info about the process there.
I also started a Sullivan J Photography page on Instagram. There has been so much controversy about how Instagram can use our images to sell to third parties so I’ve been very reluctant to join. However, the Arcanum started an account and asked us Masters to join in and being the person I am, I want to support what we do at the Arcanum. 🙂 I would love to see you there too.
Have you seen my Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Basics Course on sale? It’s a great tool for people who are just starting to use Lightroom. To see more detailed information about the course, please click here. I have to admit that my audio isn’t the best so I felt I should give you all a great deal. I did put a lot of time into this course to help you understand Lightroom and feel it’s so worth the money.
This is a fun abstract I took at Lake Tahoe. It’s so easy to get caught up in the beauty of the place as a whole, but when you take time to look at small details your photography will bloom and take on a whole new perspective.
To see the before and after image, please join my new facebook group here. I also like to talk about the photograph a bit too. I would love it if you participated and shared your behind-the-scenes of an image or just joined in to see the fun.
Kevin has wanted a Copter since they came out. I thought I’d share these with you all. The debate is on the table.
I hope you check out Lightroom Basics and of course, comments are always welcomed. 😉
Total Time 3 hr, 25 min
7 Informational links
1. Introduction to Adobe Lightroom
Want to retouch digital photos like a professional or make creative web presentations? This lesson shows you how to navigate Adobe Lightroom’s interface.
2. Adobe Lightroom Library Module
Importing and exporting photos to and from Adobe Lightroom is essential for retouching photos. Learn how to use Lightroom’s Library module in this lesson!
3. Adobe Lightroom Development Module Part I
This photo retouching lesson for beginners from Sullivan J Photography – the first of two- explains how to use the Develop Module in Adobe Lightroom.
4. Adobe Lightroom Development Module Part II
In this second lesson of two on how to use the basics of Adobe Lightroom’s Develop Module, learn about vignettes, sharpening, lens corrections, and more.
5. Adobe Lightroom Map Module
Janice Sullivan teaches beginner students how to use Adobe Lightroom’s map module – a genius way to keep track of your photographs by location.
6. Adobe Lightroom Book Module
In this seventh lesson on Adobe Lightroom, learn how to create a photo book for yourself, family, friends, or to sell using the built-in book module, Blurb.
7. Adobe Lightroom Slide Show Module
This lesson covers Adobe Lightroom’s Slideshow Module which allows you to create presentations, export photos to a movie, and make PDFs of your slideshow.
8. Adobe Lightroom Print Module
Sometimes, sharing online doesn’t cut it, and you need to print. In this Adobe Lightroom lesson, learn how to use the Print Module to print perfect photos!
9. Adobe Lightroom Web Module
Want to show off and share your artsy images with the public? In this Adobe Lightroom lesson, learn how to use the Web Module for sharing photos.
10. Adobe Lightroom Module Demo
In this final lesson of the course, professional photographer Janice Sullivan walks you through how to add images to each of Adobe Lightroom’s modules.
What do you like in life? Think about it and then photograph it or the concept of your passion.
Photography is not only for the visual experience in life, but it can be a documentation of your passions. For example, I love to hike with my husband, but while I’m hiking I really pay attention to details. The rock formation with the rock climber is awesome, don’t get me wrong, but I absolutely go crazy over desert flowers growing between rocks. I also love animals so how can I not photograph a desert chipmunk checking us out while we eat lunch? 🙂 And I can’t forget my love of history. Capturing anything with historical value really floats my boat.
These are personal photographs that make ME smile and that is what life is about…the experience! I am a tree hugger because of my passion so I’m affiliated with several conservation groups. I also want others to enjoy what I’ve experienced so I work with the hospitality industry. It’s a good feeling to know that when someone stays in a hotel that they will see my work and feel my passion. Once you see the variety of photographs that you have accumulated, take the next step and figure out what you can do with your passion.
If you want to see the before and after of “Ouch” come join my private FB group. 🙂
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So excited about ON1 PHOTO RAW!!