macro photography

Respect My Authoritay!


I may have said this before, but I’ll say it again. I love the stuff my students bring in to shoot for my macro photography classes. When I spotted Cartman, I knew I couldn’t leave without getting his picture.

I made basic adjustments in Adobe Camera Raw. I added a curves adjustment layer in Photoshop and used the Spot Healing Brush to clean up scratches on his eyes and face..

Screw you guys, I’m going home!


G is For …


Hey boys and girls, today’s program is brought to you by the letter G!

This shot was taken during one of my macro-photography classes. One of my students brought in Scrabble tiles, so we had some fun with them.

I made basic adjustments in Adobe Camera Raw and used the HSL tool to tone down the reds, oranges and yellows. In Photoshop I used the Spot Healing Brush and the Clone Stamp to clean up the spots on the center block and to remove the corner of a piece at the right side of the frame that was distracting. I used the burn tool to darken the highlights on the edge of the block to the left of the G.

Call Commissioner Gordon!


We had a lot of fun to day in my macro photography class. One of my students brought in a bag of her son’s Legos, and there happened to be two different Batman figures. There can only be one Batman, so one must be an impostor.

I used Adobe Camera Raw to make basic Adjustments. In Photoshop. I used the Spot Healing Brush and the Clone Stamp to remove some scratches and other marks, then applied a curves adjustment layer. I added the talk balloons with the custom shape tool, inserted the text into each and created a separate text layer for the words on the bottom.

All the Marbles

All the Marbles

This photo was taken during the macro session of one of the photography classes I taught. I always ask my students to bring in interesting things to photograph. On this evening, one of my students brought in his antique marble collection, and we had a lot of fun taking pictures of it.

There wasn’t much to editing this image. I made basic adjustments in ACR and used the Spot Healing Brush to remove some spots on the tablecloth. I then added an exposure adjustment layer.

What’s Wrong With This Picture?

What's Wrong With This Picture?

There seems to be a morale issue within the ranks of my gummy bear army. Perhaps I am pushing them too much. I didn’t notice the humorous problem with this photo until I looked at it on the computer. Can you tell what it is?

I strongly suggest to my photography students that they should bring edible items to our macro sessions because it doubles our fun since food is fun to shoot and fun to eat after you shoot it. I love when they listen to me because they show up with candy, cupcakes, chocolate treats and other goodies. Yesterdays class featured cheesecake and strawberries with chocolate sauce as well as these gummy bears.

The image was taken with a 90mm Tamron macro lens and a studio strobe. I only made basic adjustments in Adobe Camera Raw and cropped it to fit the frame better.