Macro Photography | Katelyn Phillips

Macro photography allows the ability to capture an image of something that might not be easily visible to the naked eye. You are able to draw attention to something other people wouldn’t think twice about, like an insect or the textures of fabric. Macro photography is popular because with the right tools, it is an easily accessible form of photography, and is broad enough that many topics and themes fit under this category.

Using a digital camera, shooting macro photography has been made easy.

“The best macro photography — regardless of camera — requires that you use the smallest lens aperture to gain optimum image sharpness and depth of field,” Barrie Smith of Digital Photography School said.

When using a small lens aperture, more light is needed, so using a lower ISO or extending the shutter speed is recommended.


In some cases, a larger working distance is needed, like with shooting animals or insects that may be disturbed. Spencer Cox of Photography Life recommends the Nikon 200mm f/4 and the Canon 180mm f/3.5 as cameras with larger working distances.

“If your setup has a minimum focusing distance of ten inches, and your camera/lens combo is eight inches long, then your working distance is two inches,” he said.



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-Katelyn Phillips


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Sports Photography|Brayden Ostan

Action photography is difficult to do but exciting to take. In order to get good photos, you have to set up the camera in the right place, with the right settings so when the event takes place you can focus on the action.

Using a fast shutter speed is important because in sports, every athlete is moving constantly. “If yours isn’t set fast enough then you’ll be left with blurry, disappointing shots that no amount of Photoshop post-processing will be able to salvage.” A shutter speed of 1/500 of a second is a good starting point and should be fast enough for most action shots. The faster a sport or someone is (e.g. motor racing) change your shutter speed to 1/1000 of a second.


To assist with high shutter speeds, the aperture needs to open up more. To have the background blurred and more light captured make the aperture more wide. Also with wide aperture the shallow DOF it produces blurs background distractions and focuses attention on players.


ISO is also important with shutter speed because the camera might have a hard time to properly expose the scene even when the aperture and shutter speed are correct. With that, best case is increasing ISO speed. Going lower on ISO is better but there will be times where you’ll have to raise it higher.

Burst mode works well because as action and sports move quickly, it can be difficult to keep up. Getting multiple shots with one click increases the chance of getting a good image.


Adjusting the White Balance for indoor and outdoor also help because outdoor the camera will adjust automatically but being indoors will make the photo have a greenish-yellow tint. Changing your white balance to Fluorescent or Incandescent will make the photo come out better when indoors.


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Kevin Fleming Photography|Brayden Ostan

Kevin Fleming is a Delaware Native and a Lewes local that attended Wesley college. Fleming has been across the world and has shot photos for National Geographic. His photographic subjects are diverse to point where he has taken photos from high-energy physics to New Zealand sheep ranchers. Kevin has also taken photos of Florida’s everglades to Alaska’s Mt. McKinley. “Traveling in helicopters, hot air balloons, kayaks, and on horseback to capture the heart and soul of America. He brings us a warm, funny, openhearted exploration of America and Americans with his compelling photographs and stories from the back roads, people and places seldom seen.” Kevin has recently focused on being an author and has rather relaxed on taking photos.

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When Fire Is The Source Of Light | Katelyn Phillips

Sometimes fire ends up being the only source of light for a photo shoot, either on purpose or by chance. There are many different situation where this could be the case: candles on a birthday cake, lanterns in front of a house, a campfire. Shooting in this low-light can make for some amazing pictures, but only if you know how to take the photo.

Cary Wolinsky and Bob Caputo of National Geographic share two ways they use to get good photos even in these low-lighting situations.

“Shooting flames is tricky. They can be small and weak or huge and strong,” they said.

A slow shutter speed allows more light to hit the camera’s sensor. If nothing in the photo is moving to cause motion blur (besides the flame), a slow shutter speed is ideal in low-light situations.

“A good rule of thumb for birthday candles is to start at 1/15th of a second at f/5.6,” they said.

If using a slower shutter speed is not an option due to the risk of motion blur or missing the shot, adjusting your aperture and ISO are still options. Using a lower aperture allows the most amount of light into the camera, allowing a lower ISO to reduce grain.

Some flash units and flashes built into cameras have an adjustable flash output which allows you the adjust the amount of light the flash lets out. This allows you to use the flash to supplement for the little light the flame lets out, without overpowering the photo with the full force of the flash.

“The trick is to throw enough light on the subject to be able to see it in some detail without overpowering the golden light thrown by the flame,” they said.

-Katelyn Phillips

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Ana Luisa Pinto

Ana Luisa Pinto was born in Porto, Portugal in 1986. Her interest in photography began when she got her first camera at the age of 10; she went on to specialize in design during high school, earn a Bachelor of Arts degree, a post-grad degree in art history, and finally took a professional photography course. She currently publishes her photography under the name Luminous Photography. Her work focuses mainly on self-portraiture, but she also does weddings, portraits, lifestyle, and travel photography. Self-portraits are her favorite type of art because she “likes knowing what people are feeling, and self-portraiture, intentional or not, can give [her] a peek at what is inside that artist.”

For more information visit her website or read this interview.

By: Laurel D.


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Mary Ellen Mark

Mary Ellen Mark was a photographer who is best known for her pictures that captured humans and other humanistic qualities. From her experiences and collections of works, she became one of the world’s foremost documentary photographers, as well as one of the most influential photographers of our time.


(Source: NPR)

Mark traveled extensively, taking pictures wherever she explored. Some of her most notable works originated in India, where she captured Indian circuses, Mother Theresa, and Bombay brothels, among others. However, arguably, the most notable of her works, her photograph essay of runway children living in Seattle, was recognized and made into a film: Streetwise.

(Source: NPR & Vice)

In 2014, Mark received the Lifetime Achievement in Photgraphy Award from George Eastman House. She also received the Outstanding Contribution Photography Award from the World Photography Organization, among many other prestigious awards. In addition, Mark contributed to the publishing of 20 books, including works such as Ward 81, Indian Circus, and Extraordinary Child. Her work even appeared in magazines, namely LifeNew York Times MagazineRolling Stone and Vanity Fair.


(Source: Photo-Eye)

Mary Ellen Mark lived to be 75 years old.

“From the very first moment I took pictures, I loved it. … The thrill was the idea of just being on a street, turning a corner and looking for something to see. It was just an amazing feeling. … Photography became my obsession. … In a way it’s not so different when I go out to work now. It’s just that now I have years of experience in knowing how to use that little machine in front of me — at least better than I used it then. When it’s good and interesting it’s still that feeling of being on the street and wondering — God, I love this! — what’s going to happen next?” – Inquirer



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Dorothea Lange

Lange is known for her prolific photography of farmers who were displaced during the Great Depression.

“Dorothea Lange was born Dorothea Nutzhorn on May 26, 1895, in Hoboken, New Jersey.  When she was 7, Dorothea contracted polio, which left her right leg and foot noticeably weakened. Later, however, she’d feel almost appreciative of the effects the illness had on her life. ‘[It] was the most important thing that happened to me, and formed me, guided me, instructed me, helped me and humiliated me,’ she said.

“Art and literature were big parts of Lange’s upbringing. Her parents were both strong advocates for her education, and exposure to creative works filled her childhood.”

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(Source: Biography)

Lange’s post-high school life showed her gravitating towards photography after dabbling in it through a New York City studio project. She studied at Columbia University, and apprenticed for well-known photographers, such as Arnold Genthe and Clarence Hudson White.

After a change her perspective on the world, Lange jumped into documenting the difficulties faced by the lower class through her employment under the Farm Security Administration.

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(“Migrant Mother,” Lange’s most well-known piece. Source: PBS)

“Her method of work,” Taylor [her husband] later said, “was often to just saunter up to the people and look around, and then when she saw something that she wanted to photograph, to quietly take her camera, look at it, and if she saw that they objected, why, she would close it up and not take a photograph, or perhaps she would wait until… they were used to her” (Biography).

Lange was the first woman to be awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship in 1940.


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