Close Up Photography Through Cropping

Decades ago,  in the days of film and prints,   I owned a macro lens.

Today, I practice Digital Close Up Photography

Or, close up photography through cropping.

While I still have a few legacy close up shots that I scanned from old prints,  and a few I still shoot in camera, I now create most my close ups from whatever other photos I have that may lend themselves to a different look.  i.e. I crop the photo.

Yes, with my telephoto lens, I could shot a distant object as a close up.  By taking the wide shot and then using post processing, however, I have flexibility on what part of the photo I wish to feature.

Since I do not print photos nearly as often as I used to,  I am not too concerned about a 6000×4000 pixel photo being reduced by 2/3.

With the plethora of paid and free photo resizers available, I can, if I want to, resize it for large printing.

The photo below is a pleasant late after noon shot of the pier at Ft. Meyers Beach, FL.
The photo below that is a cropped version.  Easy peasie.

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Close Up Photography Through Cropping







Or a favorite tourist type photo of Half Dome, in Yosemite National Park,  followed by a cropped version of the same.

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Half Dome, Yosemite Park, CA







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Half Dome, Yosemite Park, CA







Or closer still.

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Half Dome, Yosemite Park, CA

Of course, cropped close ups can be photos other than landscapes.

Many of my people shots were, originally, a wider view that included the person featured in the closeup.

An example is a woman sweeping a street in India. I took the from a moving bus and did not have time to focus, telephoto, on the woman.


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Sweeping Up.  India

A quiet setting by the pond.

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I generally crop the photo and then enhance Clarity, add texture, Dehaze and fine tune with shadows, whites, blacks and contrast.

Sometimes I will also tweak with color saturation or luminance. 

My close up gallery is here.

More tips on post process cropping.

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