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Macro Photography - A quick how-to.

2013-12-10 18:01:04 GMT

Macro photography is photography magnified. It is generally recognized as “macro” when you are increasing the size of an object in your picture from about half life-size, as represented on the image sensor, to five times life-size.

What you’ll need:
  • DSLR with a bright optical viewfinder.
  • Special purpose macro lens, not necessary but would be nice.
  • A close-up attachment. This is a filter-like lens that mounts to the front of your normal lens and allows you to focus more closely.
  • Ring flash or a flash unit if shooting at a low aperture. It is impractical to use your camera’s built-in pop-up flash because the length of the lens, with or without the macro attachments, will cause a shadow from the camera’s flash.
  • Tripod


  • Your f-stop should be no wider/larger than f/16 to get most of the subject in focus.
  • Narrow depth of field. This is unavoidable.
  • Use the fastest shutter speed possible to prevent unwanted subject motion/blur.
  • Autofocus doesn’t always work well when shooting extreme close-up photography. Switch to manual focus and you’ll get more consistently sharp macro pictures.

Be Creative:

  • Shoot from unexpected angles.
  • Try front lighting for deeper color saturation and side lighting to highlight texture.
  • Experiment.

ACDSee Fall Photo Contest

2013-10-23 23:03:34 GMT

It’s that time again! Fall is the most photogenic season of the year.

Get out there and capture all the beautiful fall colors in your neighborhood and upload them to ACDSee 365 with the tag #ACDSeeFallFun for your opportunity to win a Canon Powershot G1X demo camera from ACDSee.

As long as your photo is fall related, whether it’s your kids playing in the leaves or carving pumpkins, or beautiful scenery or anything… you could win!

If you don’t already have an ACDSee 365 account, sign up here. Just make sure your album is set to public and tag away!

All entries can be viewed by searching #ACDSeeFallFun on ACDSee 365. The grand prize winner will be announced Monday, November 18th.

Have fun!

It's time for a POP QUIZ!!

2013-08-20 22:38:22 GMT

Complete a 15 question Facebook quiz for an opportunity to win a Sony A35 ACDSee demo camera! Once you have completed the quiz, and filled in all the sign up information you will automatically be entered in the draw for the Sony camera.

Don’t forget to check out our Back to School savings for discounts on our top ACDSee products!

Good Luck!


5 Ways to Resolving the Most Common Lighting Issues

2013-08-06 19:05:00 GMT

What to do if you have too little light
Extra lighting can be created by setting your camera up on the tripod and using a longer exposure time. You can also illuminate the subject with additional lighting such as repeated electronic flash bursts, a spotlight, or other source of lighting.

Using reflectors
There are two situations where using a reflector would be beneficial. 1. If the light is harsh and causing a glare, you can soften it with the reflector. 2. You can use the reflector to remedy an unevenly lit scene.

Using fill in flash
An easy way to banish shadows from your shots is to use your camera’s automatic TTL setting. Take a test shot and view the results on the LCD screen, if the subject still has too much shadow move closer.

You have a very bright scene
Use a neutral density filter! This filter cuts back on the amount of light your camera sensors receive.

Setting white balance
The lower the color temperature the more red the light will be, the higher it is the more blue. Normally you’d set the white balance to get neutral colored results. Use your camera’s white balance presets such as Tungsten, Sunny or Cloudy, or mess around with it manually to get your desired result.


25 + Inspirational Quotes from Famous Photographers

2013-07-25 16:24:00 GMT

“Twelve significant photographs in any one year is a good crop.” – Ansel Adams

“There is one thing the photography must contain, the humanity of the moment. This kind of photography is realism. But realism is not enough - there has to be vision, and the two together can make a good photograph.” – Robert Frank

“Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever… It remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.” – Aaron Siskind

“The picture that you took with your camera is the imagination you want to create with reality.” – Scott Lorenzo

“The only photographer you should compare yourself to is the one you used to be.” – Unknown

“I don’t trust words. I trust pictures.” – Gilles Peress

“Photography is an itch that won’t go away. No matter how much you scratch it.” – Dara McGrath

“Photography is more than a medium for factual communication of ideas. It is a creative art.” – Ansel Adams

“The camera has always been a guide, and it’s allowed me to see things and focus on things that maybe an average person wouldn’t even notice.” – Don Chadwick

“Life is like a camera. Just focus on what’s important and capture the good times, develop from the negatives and if things don’t work out, just take another shot.” – Unknown

“You don’t take a photograph. You ask quietly to borrow it.” – Unknown

“Taking pictures is savoring life intensely every hundredth of a second.” – Mark Riboud

“Don’t shoot what it looks like. Shoot what it feels like.” – David Alan Harvey

“A photograph is a click away. A good photograph is a thousand clicks away and a better one, a million clicks away.” – Kowtham Kumar K

“The best thing about a picture is that it never changes, even when the people in it do.” – Andy Warhol

“Which of my photographs is my favorite? The one I am going to take tomorrow.” – Imogen Cunningham

“When I have a camera in my hand, I know no fear.” – Alfred Eisenstaedt

“When you photograph people in color you photograph their clothes. When you photograph people in black and white, you photograph their soul!” – Ted Grant

“When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.” – Ansel Adams

“One doesn’t stop seeing. One doesn’t stop framing. It doesn’t turn off and on. It’s on all the time.” – Annie Leibovitz

“Photography can only represent the present. Once photographed, the subject becomes part of the past.” – Berenice Abott

“Photography, as a powerful medium of expression and communication, offers an infinite variety of perception, interpretation, and execution.” – Ansel Adams

“You may not be the perfect photographer for everyone. But for someone you are the perfect photographer.” – Unknown

“The first 10,000 photographs are your worst” – Henry Cartier-Bresson

“A good snapshot stops a moment from running away.” – Eudora Welty

“You don’t take a photograph, you make it.” – Ansel Adams

“Photography helps people to see.” – Berenice Abbott

For some more fun, inspirational quotes check out our Pinterest board.