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Fun With A Juice Glass

Mike Moats

I was grabbing a glass out of the cupboard for a drink of water and noticed the nice design of the cut glass, which I never really paid any attention to before.. It’s just a cheap juice glass that can be bought at any discount store.

So I thought maybe I can experiment and create some nice art from this glass. I decided I needed to add some lighting to help make the cuts in the glass look more interesting, so I place my LED light underneath the glass, and some stray colors from around the glass reflected in the angles of the cuts. I shot first with the glass upside down.

Here is the first shot that I liked angling the camera to the side and bottom of the glass. I used the Detail Extractor in Nik Software’s Color Efex Pro 4 for the look and feel of the…

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Control the Light with Two Simple Tools

Mike Moats

For the macro photographer working with natural light, here is a tip to help improve your photos.

Here are two simple and inexpensive products that I carry with me in the field for controlling light.

12″ Translucent (diffuser) Macro Field Support

The great advantage that macro photographers have over nature photographers who shoot landscape and wildlife is we can control the light hitting our subject. Landscape and wildlife photographers have to deal with what ever mother nature throws down on their subjects (harsh sunlight, heavy overcast skies) without any ability to control it.

Because of the small size of our subjects and a little help from these two items , we take control.


The image on the left was shot on a cloudy day, and as you can see, even on a cloudy day the light from over head can wash out the color on the top of a…

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