The Softer Side of Macro by denise ippolito


“The Softer Side of Macro” by Denise Ippolito, edited by Arthur Morris. This 5,800 word 73 page PDF file is illustrated with Denise’s signature soft approach to flowers. Denise explains her techniques for capturing and creating this pleasing side of macro photography.

(Adapted from BIRDS AS ART Bulletin #369):

Denise has been involved with flowers for much of her life. She is a fifth generation florist who owned a flower shop from 1989 to 1995. She followed that up by running first one and then another garden center for the next thirteen years. In recent years she has worked hard at becoming a skilled flower photographer and has succeeded admirably. Her incredibly creative mind led her to experimenting with a variety of filters and Photoshop effects. That led to her becoming the moderator at BPN’s Out of the Box Forum. She has written or co-authored several BAA educational publications. The first was A Guide to Pleasing Blurs that she co-authored with Art Morris. Next came the Barnegat Site Guide, That was followed by A Guide to Creative Filters and Effects. All have been well received and highly successful.

Many folks doing macro/flower work love to create super sharp images often using small apertures and flash. Denise much prefers the opposite approach, the softer side of macro; she loves using soft natural light and wide apertures. In “The Softer Side of Macro” she shares the techniques that she uses to create a wide variety of dreamy, surreal flower images. She includes both in-the-field and post-processing tips.

In her introduction, she writes, “When I photograph flowers my intent is to present a softer look. I like the way the colors of the flowers blend together. The soft romantic feel of the flowers appeals to me. I have always liked impressionistic paintings, paler color tones and delicate things. Lately I have been leaning toward slightly brighter flowers but pink and white remain my favorites.”

Topics covered include where and how to focus (or not!), choosing the best perspective, designing the image, choosing and using the right shutter speed and aperture, creating soft/sharp merges, choosing and creating your backgrounds, seeing and using the light, using natural light in your home, image processing tips, an Inverse Layer Mask tutorial and the Orton effect that she uses.


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9 Responses

  1. denise says:

    Thank you Artie, I appreciate the kind words 🙂 and thank you for editing and publishing the book.

  2. denise says:

    Thanks Mary, I appreciate the support! I can’t wait to get to Chanticleer. I have had so many ideas. I will probably do some HDR grunge stuff and some Orton effects on some of the hardscapes. I’m thinking of going on my way home from Longwood on Saturday.

  3. James Daniel says:

    Hiya Denise
    Was a real hoot (bird talk) meeting you.
    Enjoyed very much your presentation Sunday @2.
    Thanks so much for the great help at the raffle table.
    Sorry ole Don turned me in like a dog just before your talk.

    Am heading to Chincoteague to shoot…..shun…photograph
    birds,sunrise and sunsets…..using some of the clues learned from
    your talk.

    Thanks for befriended me
    Stay in touch


    Dan, You were very kind and a lot of fun to be around. I hope to see you in the field and I do hope that you will stay in touch also! 🙂

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