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Macro Photography: From Snapshots to Great Shots by Rob Sheppard

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9. The Importance of Backgrounds

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ISO 200 • 1/400 sec. • f/4.5 • 60mm lens (MFT)

Pay attention to both your subject and background

You have learned a bit about backgrounds throughout this book. You have seen how backgrounds change with light and with different focal lengths. Backgrounds are so critical for close-up work that I am devoting a chapter to them. This chapter will integrate some of the things you learned from earlier chapters with new concepts to enable you to better see backgrounds. You will gain an awareness of background that will help you often as you photograph up close.

Out-of-focus is not out of sight. It is so easy to ignore ...

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