Macro Photography Tips
There are many different genres in photography. Like other photography genres, Macro Photography needs special lenses and techniques.
It is Summer, and taking pictures of tiny flowers and insects is fun. Therefore, it makes sense to post an article in Macro Photography.
What is Macro Photography
Macro Photography is taking pictures of usually small objects extremely close. However, photography lenses have a minimum focusing distance, which means that the lens cannot focus any closer than the minimum distance. Ergo, photographers need special lenses to be able to get closer and focus on their subject, and it is called Macro lenses.
Macro lenses make it possible to get very close and take the photo; therefore, they increase the magnification and make it possible to see all the details. Talking about different macro lenses and their focal lengths and how they affect the magnification is another article. In this post, I am going to discuss a few tips on Macro Photography.
Keep the Camera Steady
Generally Speaking, macro lenses usually are telephoto, i.e. the focal length is above the camera’s standard focal length. Therefore, keeping the camera steady is crucial, not only because of the focal length but also due to the closest focusing range.
Using a tripod is highly recommended for macro photography.
Macro Photography Tip 1; Keep the Camera Steady!
In the above picture, I didn’t use a tripod; although my shutter speed was 1/1200sec, the photo is slightly blurry due to camera shake. Carrying around a heavy tripod is a pain; however, you’ll be rewarded with sharp images!
Macro Photography and the Depth Of Field
Macro lenses have a very shallow depth of field. Therefore, it is a good idea to shoot with a higher aperture value (f11 or higher.)
In the below image, I used f8, and the depth of field is so narrow the most of the flower is out of focus!
Macro Photography Tip 2; Depth Of Field
Here is a picture that I used a higher f-stop. By using the f16, I managed to get both the bee and the flower in the focusing range.
Macro Photography Tip 3; Expand the Depth Of Field
Macro photography is very creative, and you can discover amazing details almost in every item. These two tips are useful to start exploring closeup images. I will discuss more tips shortly. So, sign up for our newsletter to stay in touch.
Here are more closeup pictures
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