Using a simple “screen” mode (photoshop) layer is the a very easy way to help bring to life the face and eyes. In this photo I duplicated the photo layer and changed its mode to screen. I then (option clicked) on add layer mask which adds a completely black mask. Then using a white brush at 0% hardness while the layer mask is highlighted I filed in the eyes and parts of the face that were to dark allowing them to be shown in the screen layer. Next you can play with the feather and opacity amount on this layer which will be different for every photo.

If you’re looking to do Macro photography a real macro lens can be really expensive. What I found to avoid spending $500 plus on another lens is a Macro Extension Tube Set by Fotodiox for only $15. It attaches directly to the camera extending the distance your lens is from the shutter, this allows  you to get objects in focus pretty much as close as you can get your camera to the object. Here is a photo I took about 1cm away from these fake flowers, I am also using a Ring Light which is recommended when shooting macro with a tube extension because your aperture is push way up which really darkens a shoot.

New Camera the Canon 60D, the old camera was an 8 year old Canon rebel. Best noticeable difference so far are high ISO levels have a lot less noticeable noise on the new camera, and the new camera also came with a stabilized lens which is extremely useful in low light so you can shoot at slower shutter speed while still avoiding camera shake.This also helps avoid the “camera flash” look that can ruin any good photo.

I was confused at first about this photo, the background was shot like it was moving and the bikers seems to be stationary. What I end up realizing after a little thought was that the photographer “tarsobessa” must have moved the camera at the same speed as the biker making the background seem moving relative to the camera. A really cool technique I thought.

Link to flickr original image: – PIC