Sweat the Small Stuff

The popular saying “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff” is great advice when it comes to daily life. When something bothers me, I ask myself, in ten years will this still matter to me or have an affect on my life? If not, brush it aside.

When it comes to photography (especially macro), I am learning that you MUST sweat the small stuff. Everything matters!

I was playing around using the monochrome setting for the first time. It wasn’t until I started joining in on Black and White Challenges, that made me realize how some things just look better than being shot in colour.

Things I have learned through this:

Clean up the area! This picture of our well pump would have been better had I moved the hose on the grass, moved the lanterns from the front and the chair on the left. I was reading that you should try to capture as much of the scene in your shot and not rely on the fact that you can just crop it later.


Take more than one shot and take the time to look at what it turned out like. This was blurry. I like the picture but the blur was not intentional. (I am saving the branches for something I am going to build next summer.)


Macro offers no forgiveness when it comes to housekeeping! Dust and cobwebs are VERY noticeable. I was ashamed of the dust all over our hall light! Time to get out my bench and clean that thing! My sister gave me a bunch of crystals from her old chandelier and I had always meant to drill some holes in the metal and hang them. Now might be a good time.


I had taken a picture of an old tin and spittoons that are on top of the corner shelf, but did not post it after I saw the cobwebs behind them. I did not see them from where I stood.

Maybe I should do some more housekeeping instead of blogging this week!


  1. Sound advice, it’s easier to notice things when not looking through a viewfinder, even then something so commonplace as a garden hose or power lines may be glossed over due to
    their familiarity.
    And old adage in the work I do is measure twice and cut once, an approach that works well
    in photography – the cutting being shutter activation.
    I think this is where using a tripod can come in handy, the camera is in a fixed stable position
    affording the opportunity to view multiple times – eye to viewfinder, viewfinder to eye as many times as you like to assure yourself about details as you develop your photography “eye”.
    Most editing programs come with a clone stamp and healing brush, either of which can be
    used to clean up a photo and undoubtedly saved many a one.
    And amen to macro, it is mercilessly unforgiving.

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    1. I know it is time to start using my tripod. Common sense should apply here, Not only would my hands be free to tidy things up, image stabilization is important.
      Thinking about the time I have available to take pictures before I have to run in and do other things is why I haven’t used it.
      My next shoot, I will use it and probably thank you for it.
      I did clean my lens and it has made a difference. 🙂


  2. If you begin using your tripod at some point you might want to consider using aperture priority
    which will allow a great deal more control over what your camera does, in the same vein a remote will come in handy.
    There are some wireless and corded ones with a huge variance in price – I use and recommend
    a corded one made by Hongdak that costs about $12 on ebay and Amazon – in addition to being a mere remote it has the ability to act as an intervalometer for extended exposure time as well.


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