Bryan Peterson is the author of several books including Understanding Exposure and Learning To See Creatively.
He uses his knowledge of photography to make it very easy for the novice to understand the creative concepts needed to shoot interesting pictures.
In this video we are going to look one of Bryan Peterson’s creative macro photography tips. Bryan is on location in one of the most unusual spots you could ever imagine for shooting some close-up images.
Standing near a busy road, Bryan shows you the set up for taking a shot of a lemon surrounded by bubbles. For this project all he needed was some old green Christmas wrapping paper, a lemon slice, a small vase, a bottle filled with clear bubbly water, a clip, some tape and his trustee round reflector.
The main feature required for the shot is sunlight. The reason Bryan chose such a busy street is to hammer home the idea that you can be anywhere outside to do this kind of photography. As long as you have good strong sunlight you can do this kind of setup and unleash an infinite amount of creative possibilities.
Now even though strong sunlight is an important component for the shot, it does create a problem – namely harsh shadows. To solve this problem the reflector comes in handy by redirecting sunlight onto areas that are shaded.
To wrap up the technique, Bryan then discusses the camera settings, what kind of macro lens you should use and what you can do if you don’t own one.