Shooting Challenge: Macro

Everyone’s got at least one digital camera these days. But how well do you use it? Welcome to The Gizmodo Shooting Challenge, where Giz readers get to pit their photographic skills against each other for the admiration of their editors on a dedicated theme each week. This week’s challenge? Macro.

You can interpret the theme in any way you see fit. There are only a few rules that must be adhered to: 1. The work must be your own 2. Photos must be taken after the challenge was announced (no portfolio linking or it spoils the “challenge” part) 3. Explain, briefly, the equipment, settings, technique and story behind shot. 4. Email submissions to [email protected] 5. Include 800px wide image (200KB or less) in email. 6. One submission per person. 7. Use the proper SUBJECT line in your email (more info on that below)

Send your best photo by Tuesday, March 15 at 8am AEDT to [email protected] with “Macro” in the subject line. Save your files as JPGs, and use a FirstnameLastnameMacro.jpg naming convention. Include your shooting summary (camera, lens, ISO, etc) in the body of the email along with a story of the shot in a few sentences. And don’t skip this story part because it’s often the most enjoyable part for us all beyond the shot itself!

The photo above was taken minutes ago using our office 60D. I was in a rush, so it was taken using the Macro setting on the camera rather than manual controls. It took me a couple of attempts to get the minifig in focus and the 15-85mm lens wouldn't let me get as close as I'd like, but it was the best I could manage on short notice. Hopefully your shots will show me all about how it's really done... Because I shot using the auto Macro mode, there was no control over it, but the photo was shot at ISO 2000, f5.6 and 1/160 exposure.

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