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Get close in October

Posted by Teresa Hanafin  October 6, 2008 12:17 PM

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Time to start submitting your best Get Close photos for the October contest. As I told you in an earlier item, Get Close captured 30% of the RAW vote. Motion was second with 26%, followed by Silhouettes, 21%; Curves, 12%, and The Color Purple, 11%.

What do we mean by Get Close?

Well, you don't need a macro lens, as many of you have already shown with your closeups of everything from flowers and shells to broken eggshells and pavement. It's an opportunity for you to create dramatic and creative images.

Your goal with close-up photography is to show details that the eye could easily miss, and to portray a subject in a way that is unique and interesting.

And despite the name Get Close, close-up photography doesn't mean you have to be on top of your subject. Sometimes standing back and using your zoom lens will help you focus better. And watch your f/stops: Do you want a blurred foreground or background, or do you want everything in focus?

So go have fun and experiment. When you've taken a great close-up shot, or chosen an existing image from your portfolio, enter it in the October contest. Here's how.

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