This week’s challenge is to take a macro photo of an Everyday Household Item.
Anything that you’d commonly find in or around the home is fair game this week. Look around your kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, closet, basement, or even that old junk drawer: There are fun, interesting subjects all around you.
Since it’s a macro challenge, you’ll want to get as close to your subject as possible. (Some additional hints on Macro photography are included below.) You can choose to show exactly what your subject is, or you can choose to get extra close, perhaps giving your photo a more abstract look. As always, creative or out of the box ideas are welcomed and encouraged!
Macro Photography Tips
I realize that not everyone has access to a macro lens. If not, don’t worry about it: For this challenge, we won’t require any special equipment, nor are we going to worry about any strict rules about what exactly qualifies as a macro shot. Instead, I want everyone to find a household subject, and get as close as your camera allows. A few thoughts / tips:
- If you happen to have a macro lens: Great! Use it.
- Some cameras or cell phones have a “macro mode” that lets you get closer to your subject.
- You can use an inexpensive “Clip On” macro adapter for your cell phone. Many are available for under $10.
- If you don’t have a macro lens, but are feeling adventuresome, you can try the “Reverse Lens” technique, which allows you to take macro shots by reversing your lens.
- Finally, if none of the above apply, you can still take great macro shots! Just zoom in your lens as far as it will go, and get as close as you can, while still staying in focus.
- Take a macro / close-up photo of any common household item.
- Post your newly taken photo during the week of Sunday, April 11 through Saturday, April 18.
- Please remember to comment on at least FIVE photo submissions this week by answering the question “why?” in your comments. In other words, “why do I like (or not like) this photo?” or “why did this photo catch my eye?” Thank you!
The friendly community guidelines are pretty simple:
- Take a new photo for the current weekly theme, not something from your back catalog or someone else’s image.
- Post your photo each week to our active communities on Facebook or Flickr (or both). Tag the photo: #2020photochallenge #photochallenge #tempusaura
- Don’t leave home without your camera. Participating in the 2020 Trevor Carpenter Photo Challenge is fun and easy.