I remembered this "Nifty Fifty Macro" tutorial I wrote years ago and decided to create some fun macro images. These images don't have the sharp focus of a real macro lens, but personally I love the tilt-lens artistic vibe coming off them. ;-)
All of the images below were shot in my backyard in hot, humid conditions with a 80-pound puppy following me around everywhere. Try taking a macro photo of a tiny flower when your giant puppy keeps on trying to lick your lens.
I used the new Pretty Presets "Pretty Film Pastels Collection" presets on all of these images. I love these presets, and found they work on so many different types of images, not just portraits. My favorite for these edits was "Warm Blush".
I also used the new gorgeous textures from the Flypaper "Tempest Painterly" Texture set on many of my images below.
If you have a less-than-stellar macro image (because you are shooting with a cheap but amazing 50mm lens that is backwards on your camera!), I use a little editing trick to turn it into something special. Make a copy of the image in Photoshop and apply a high pass filter of 10-20 to that copy, and put the layer in overlay or soft light blending mode. Then add a texture to the image in soft light or overlay blending mode.
This is my absolutely favorite one of the set.
This was growing on one of our fire-pit logs.
We have a few trees (well, it is actually a bush) that have colorful fall leaves.
I took about 10 shots of this little tiny weed flower and just happened to get a perfect one with my little ant friend.
I have a few roses left on my deer-eaten rosebushes.
This final image was taken with my Nifty 50, but this time I tried the free-lensing technique. I need a lot more practice, but it is so fun playing with my lens!
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