Go ahead and step into the sunshine!
Hey everyone! Hope your spring has started off great!
This month I am going to be talking about my favorite thing...abstract macro photography! Most people would tell you not to go out and photograph in broad daylight, but I'm going to tell you to do exactly the opposite. Get out there and photograph between the hours of noon and 5pm! Feel that sunshine on your skin and let the colors around you brighten your day. This is the time frame that I find most of my abstract macro scenery seems to have that beautiful, popping, intense color. It can prove a little bit tricky as then you have to watch out for harsh shadows depending on the time of day and location you are photographing in, but in general if you make sure you're in the bright and full sunlight, you should be able to get the shot. I use the sun as my main light source, working with it rather than around it.
Another great time to photograph is right after it rains! That's when I tend to go out to places like junk yards, as all that rust, oil, and metal only intensifies in beauty after water saturates it completely. For example, when you go out into nature after it rains, doesn't it seem like the leaves are more of a saturated green (or other colors if it's fall)? Well, the same thing happens with almost everything else! With the weather finally getting to be nice and springy, get out there and photograph those unseen beauties and practice photographing in situations that you might otherwise avoid.
Don't forget to keep your f-stop fairly small, or if shooting wide open use a tripod! This will ensure that what you want is actually in focus! A handy feature of the OMD-EM1 has been focus peaking in camera. When I manually take over focusing on my lens, the viewfinder/lcd screen will turn the areas that are in focus- red (Originally it was set to white, but red stands out a bit more in my opinion). This has helped immensely for in-camera focusing in tricky situations.
Be bold and stay beautiful!