The universe is at your feet! Macro photographers play by different rules, there is plenty to discover and many stories to tell. This photography course covers all aspects of macro photography. Don Komarechka is a nature, macro and landscape photographer, and his work has been featured on BBC, National Geographic, Outdoor Photographer magazine and more. In this course, you will learn about the approach he uses to capture stunning macro imagery and how he edits his photos using ON1 Photo RAW and Adobe Photoshop.
Something as simple as a water droplet can be a wonderful subject to photograph, especially when the right ingredients are aligned to create an almost magical refraction image. A spherical droplet can act like a lens – the more spherical the better. Supported on a wildflower seed or a vine, flower petal spider web or even a blade of grass, you quickly become a droplet architect first, photographer second. Your subject doesn’t exist until you create it!
In this video, we explore a minimalist setup and search for the best subjects in a chaotic after-thunderstorm garden scenario. The light is fading and the wind is picking up, so what can a macro photographer do? Of all the potential points of interest, two get explored and we end up with decent images despite the chaos.
In this second video with Don Komarechka as a guest coach for ON1 Plus, we dive into the creative potential of macro photography with an assortment of RAW images and the story that created them, and how to push further in post-processing.
Macro photography is a genre that many people avoid because they think they need specific gear (a macro lens) and they haven’t bothered to make the investment. For anyone considering the jump into macro photography, there are a multitude of different approaches to increase your magnification into the 1:1 lifesize realm and beyond. If you already have a macro lens, this video will show you the myriad of ways you can push closer and closer still.
June is nearly over and my time as a guest coach is drawing to a close, but it’s been a ton of fun. We explored various aspects of the universe at our feet, from equipment through to specialized techniques, and I’m glad I was able to throw in some editing creativity as well. Still, I feel like we only explored the tip of the iceberg!
My name is Don Komarechka, and it’s my honor by the ON1 guest coach for June. With a specialty in “the unseen world” of macro photography, I have gone down many rabbit holes in the past decade or more exploring the world that we cannot see with our own eyes.