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Photo Challenge #4 Winner

Congratulations to Steve Miller, our winner for our fourth photo challenge!  Steve submitted some beautiful holiday themed shots.  As a thank you for sharing his wonderful work we’re sending Steve a brand new Close-Up Project T-shirt.  Here are just a few of his winning photographs.  You can see all of them over in the Flickr […]



Frozen Cherries

Photo Challenge #4 – Holiday Season (This Time We’ve Got Prizes)

Congratulations again to the winners from our last photo challenge!  We got such a great response from the open format of the last challenge that we’ve decided to keep an on-going free-for-all category.  During each challenge period we’ll pick a winner in the free-for-all category and a winner in our themed category.  This time around […]



Announcing the Winners of Photo Challenge 3

Thank you to everyone who contributed to our latest photo challenge. The response was fantastic and you guys made it a real challenge to pick some winners. The submissions covered a wide range of subject matter and there was some really great creativity. You can view the entire set of submissions on our Flickr pool. […]



Looking for New Macro or Close-Up Subjects? Try Your Local Zoo

There are times in the life of every macro photographer when you just get a bit bored shooting flowers and insects. Don’t get me wrong, these are great subjects and their are huge varieties of each right in your backyard. But sometimes as photographers we crave something new, different, and maybe a little exotic. You […]



Photo Challenge #3 – Free For All

Congratulations, once again, to Edward Conde who is the default winner of our 2nd photo challenge – “Patterns”. Edward was the only one to submit photos to the Flickr site during the entry timeframe. You can view his entries on The Close-Up Project Flickr Page. In hopes of getting some more engagement this time around […]



Photo Challenge #2 – Patterns

Thanks again to everyone who submitted photographs during our first photo challenge - spring flowers!  We were really impressed with all of the entires and selecting a winner was very difficult.  Today we’re announcing the theme for our next photo challenge: patterns.  One of the most intriguing thing about macro photography is finding those hidden patterns in […]



Macro Photography Link Roundup

This is the first in what I hope will be a regular post in which I share some great macro focused links from around the web. I hope you find something interesting! Absolutely stunning animal eye macros – Part 1, Part 2 A lively discussion regarding crop sensors and macro Looking for a used lens? […]



3 Sites To Better Your Macro Strobist Lighting

Several years ago I started trying the strobist style of shooting instead of big studio lights when possible, which turned out to be most of the time. The concept behind the strobist movement is simple — use the top mount flashes for your DSLR off camera.  Many photographers already have one or several of these […]



Impressions on the New Flickr

Yahoo! recently unveiled a huge upgrade to the well-known photography site: Flickr.  As I’m sure most of you know, Flickr was one of the web’s original, and best, photo sharing sites.  Over the years, however, it has fallen far behind in terms of features when compared to many of its competitors such as Google+ or […]



Photo Challenge Winners – Spring Flowers

Thanks to everyone who participated in our first ever photo challenge!  We got some really great shots from everyone involved.  Here are the photographers we chose as the winners of the spring flowers challenge. Edward Conde Edward submitted some really great shots of entire flowers as well as some extreme close-ups of individual flower parts. Check […]



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