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    Default First macro attempt

    I took this picture of the Thai Wrightia in my garden as my first attempt at macro. Canon 400d with 18-55mm kit lens at macro setting, handheld without flash. Some basic post processing on Adobe Photoshop 5 to enhance the colour of the flowers and sharpen the image.

    Your comment on the composition, cropping, color and any suggestions to improve are welcome.

    I am considering buying a Tamron SP AF Di90mm 2.8 macro (272E) lens to seriously get into macro photography. I have read some reviews on the lens and have seen some CS sellers advertising this lens for sale.


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    Default Re: First macro attempt

    The background is messy and also tone down on your saturation, could hardly see details on the flowers.

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    over saturated..
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    i think you've added too much contrast in the image.

    well first time only... just keep in mind the comments given
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    Default Re: First macro attempt

    my first impression - oversaturated....
    composition and cropping wise seems ok to me

    ur background also seems grainy... did u use high ISO? or it's because of the size reduction?
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    Default Re: First macro attempt

    Quote Originally Posted by sunboi80 View Post
    my first impression - oversaturated....
    composition and cropping wise seems ok to me

    ur background also seems grainy... did u use high ISO? or it's because of the size reduction?
    That is not compression, that should be chroma noise you're seeing.

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    Default Re: First macro attempt

    Thanks for all your constructive comments. I agree the saturation bit was overdone and the background could have been less messy. The ISO was set at 400 in order for me to hold the camera without a tripod. I am still learning about the properties in Photoshop Elements 5 and hopefully next time will be able to remove unwanted background. Once again, thanks guys!

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    Personally, macro does not mean removing any background. It might be useful to read up on "bokeh". Sometimes a nice blurry background enhances the tone and emotion of the subject.

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