Liam Photography Podcast

Liam Photography Podcast


Episode 166: Getting Fantastic Colors and Macro Photography

July 07, 2021

Greetings, you’re listening to the Liam Photography Podcast, I’m your guest host Emma Sands and this is Episode 166.

Liam was going to be back today to do his episode on Composition and he got the show notes ready but wanted more time to select the images he is going to add to the episode,so he will be doing that episode at a later time.

Today I will be talking briefly about how to get fantastic colors in your photography.

When it comes to photography, I’ve had people ask me, “How do you get those great colors in your images?”This is something any photographer can get, especially when you are asking about my sunrise/sunset photos, but it’s not easy to get unless you go after it.

There are two times a day when you have the best chance for awesome colors, sunrise and sunset, which is why these times are called the “magic hour” or the “golden hour” and “blue hour”. Most people work in offices, drive back and forth to work and then live in their homes. If you are not outside, you are not going to catch these “magic hour” periods and get those fantastic colors.

Photography is a career/hobby where you have to be outdoors if you want the best colors and you have to be ready all the time.Scout a good location and make sure you are there early you might even want to bring your tripod but it’s not necessary unless you want to do long exposures.

If you use an iPhone, like I do, there is actually a Magic Hour app in the App Store that will let you know exactly when “magic hour” will occur each day so you can be out there and ready. I also just found out as I wrote this article that they make a companion version of the app for my Apple Watch as well, which is nice as I tend to keep my notifications on my phone silenced as I get so many. On the Apple Watch, I can have it vibrate my wrist and let me know.

Now, one other thing to keep in mind is the “magic” colors don’t happen every day, so don’t be discouraged. Nature works on it’s own schedule and even if you go out this evening and there are no awesome colors in the sky, keep going out there, they will come.

One of the biggest things you need to learn as a photographer is patience. If you don’t have patience, then you are not going to do well in my areas of photography, especially shooting people, nature or sunrise/sunset. All of these parts of photography require patience as I am sure most photographers will agree.

Patience and good colors are also key to another type of photography I love to shoot, which is macro photography. I really enjoy spending a nice Saturday walking around a beautiful botanical garden here in the Atlanta area and capturing all the colorful flowers when they are in bloom.

I have spent many weekends at Gibbs Gardens as has Liam when he lived here. I love the gardens in Athens, GA near the University of Georgia as well as the Atlanta Botanical Gardens.

This is also a time when you need patience as when I want to capture a beautiful Eastern Swallowtail butterfly or a dragonfly on a plnt or flower I have to take things slowly. These insects, although beautiful spook easily at times and it can make it difficult to capture them as part of my overall macro shot.

Flowers don’t always cooperate on windy days either, which is why I like to carry a couple of “plant clamps” to help keep things steady when shooting on a windy day.

I also love to use my ring flash, but you do not have to get as fancy as me, you can just go out there with your camera and see what you c...