Happy New Year everyone! I hope this article finds you in the pinkest of health, and I also hope that you will all have an awesome macro year ahead for 2015!
I have recently received many comments from friends and family about the contents of my blog and also my photos; thank you so much for your kind feedbacks, inquiries and also suggestions! *The “Comment” Section of Pixels Dimension is disabled due to the number of advertisement craps I got everyday, please feel free to look for me via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) ya 🙂
One of the main comments I have received for the year 2014 is by Nature and Wildlife enthusiasts who wanted to appreciate the wonderful biodiversity of Malaysia without the photography “jargon”; and we are glad to be able to bring you Wildlife in Malaysia, a new website build specifically for such a purpose, enjoy!
Apart from that, I have received constructive comments and critics on the way I photograph my Macro Subjects, which I intend to write a bit about today.
As with all kinds of art-related work, creativity and style are some of the most important things that gets your work noticed, and as an artist you are not supposed to copy others, but strive to display your masterpieces in your own, unique way. There is simply no right or wrong in this, so long as you yourself are satisfied with your work.
That said, there are pretty much two ways of photographing Macro subjects, namely Artistic and Scientific shots, as covered in Macro Photography- Scientific and Artistic Shots.
In short, Scientific Macro Photographs focus more on showing the full details of the entire insect, spider etc. whereas Artistic ones emphasizes more on specific parts of the subject; Scientific photographs are useful when it comes to learning about the subjects themselves, whereas Artistic photographs amplify the aesthetics of the subject.
Although both are unique ways of capturing subjects; in the World of photography, Artistic shots are obviously more popular and attractive to viewers, and many were wondering why I don’t usually take Artistic-styled Macro Photographs.
If you know me in person, you would probably notice that I am not only excited about taking Macro Photographs, but also at sharing what I know about the subjects photographed, so that viewers actually learn something out of each photograph. Personally I have always believed that true appreciation of Mother Earth and Nature can only be achieved through learning and understanding; and I am pretty sure there are a lot of awesome Macro Photographers out there who share the same beliefs.
Still, don’t get me wrong, I actually like many of the Artistic shots out there, just that I don’t always see eye-to-eye with some Macro Photographers who take Artistic shots out of cruelty. Artistic shots are not easy to photograph, especially when subjects are moving about, so some prefer to take the “easy way out” by freezing or killing the subjects before taking shots, and the resulting photos are often impressive and attractive, especially to viewers who are oblivious to how the photos were taken.
The fame is of course hard to resist, and many Macro Photographers end up valuing their photos more than the lives of their subjects, turning into cold-blooded killers in the end, which is sad. I admit that I have tried this method several times and I couldn’t live with it, plus the shots look really unnatural.
So, now you probably understand why I prefer taking Scientific shots over Artistic ones now. Of course, the style you opt for in the end depends on you yourself, but I would urge you to consider being more humane in getting your Macro Photographs. If people keep killing off their subjects, one day there will be nothing left for us to photograph and appreciate.
Developing your own style will require a lot of time and practice, as you become exposed to the many types of elements that make great artworks, then only you opt for the ones that fancy you most. That said, there are many other more advanced, less common techniques that can be used to portray your skills and abilities, including UV Macro Photography and Macro Animations, which will be covered in upcoming articles, so please stay tune to those!
Okay, I guess that’s it for this short article~ In an Artistic world of photography (not only on Macro), it is important, if not essential to have your own style of shooting, one that will attract and remind people of you whenever your photos are viewed. Of course, all these will take time to build up, but it is definitely something worth striving for in the long run; and although it is true that you should follow your own preferences, that doesn’t mean that you should totally ignore what others have to say: Constructive criticisms should be taken if it helps you to improve your skills, techniques and eventually photos.
Thank you for your time and until the next article, do take care ya! 🙂
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