Archive for close-up

Fall Colors

Here is an image that shows the great fall colors of the Mid-West that we just don’t get to enjoy in California.  Image was processed using the various filters of Nik Software Color Efex Pro 4.  If you do not own this, do not hesitate to purchase at  You can use the discount code SCVPHOTOCENTER to receive 15% off your purchase of any Nik product.

Fall Leaves GR

Macro Image takes 1st Place in Print Competition

Very cool to announce that our image “Into the Center” image won 1st place in the Macro division of the SCVPA Print Competition.  The image was captured at the Frederik Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids, Michigan during this past year.

Into the Center

Studio Image wins Best of Show

The image “Beauty from Behind” shot in the studio by Mel Carll of the SCV Center for Photography won BEST OF SHOW last night at the Professional Photographers of LA County (PPLAC).  The image also was Best in Class and received a Merit award as well.

The image was created while preparing for an upcoming Macro Workshop at the studio.

Mel Carll yellow flower_MEL2919

Tip of the Week: Macro Mode

Remember as a kid discovering the whole new world beneath your feet while playing on the grass?  When you got very close to the ground, you could see an entire community of creatures that you never knew existed.

Well, you don’t always need a fancy DSLR to get great Macro shots.  These days, you might not want to lie on your belly in the backyard,  but if you activate the close up mode on your point and shoot or basic DSLR digital camera and begin to explore your world in finer detail, you’ll be rewarded with fresh new images unlike anything you’ve ever shot before.

Even the simplest object takes on new fascination in Macro Mode.  And the best part is that it’s so easy to do with digital cameras.

If you want to learn more about Macro and Cloe up photography, join Ron Brewer on Saturday, February 27th from 9am to 4pm as he teaches everything Macro and Close-up.