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Sunday, June 21, 2009

Macro Photography – Getting Textures Right

When photographing “almost” flat surfaces quality and direction of light plays a major role in getting textures within our subjects right – more so in macro photography. See the above image and the same one below. The only difference is the direction of light used. For the above I used light falling on the subject in a oblique angle and for the one below it is front light.

See the difference !!

Why oblique angle of light made so much of difference ? It is because “texture” is characterized by fine play of light and shadows as shown in below two small crops (100%) of the above images.

Next time when you are photographing almost a flat surface give it a consideration for angle of light falling on your subject !!

posted by ganesh at 4:12 am  


  1. This is a stunning revelation Ganesh. I just loved your r&d on this. And the best part is, you always share such revelation. I admire it big time!

    Comment by Pramod Viswanath — June 21, 2009 @ 1:39 pm

  2. Jesus.. who are you. I am amazed, about your work of art and the pleasure you take in sharing your thoughts.. thanks a lot.

    Comment by Mahesh Sriram — August 15, 2009 @ 5:55 pm

  3. Thanks Ganesh for sharing this. I am a very bigfan of your photography and really admire your work. by watching Photos and reading your article\’s it has really help me improve my photography skills.plz keep sharing your beautiful phots and articals with us. thanks a lot.

    Comment by Bhushan Pandharkar — August 18, 2009 @ 6:13 am

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