Macro photography tips for beginners. Macro photography is extreme close-up photography, usually of very small subjects such as bugs or flowers. A macro photographer relies on the lens to magnify the subject to produce images known as life size.
Although Macro photography can be very challenging, it can yield great rewards. What better way is there to explore a truly amazing world where you’ll find things you never thought existed.
From insects to flowers you’ll discover a variety of rich colors, gorgeous patterns and amazing details.
The next time you’re out and about with your camera taking landscapes, or family shots stop and take a closer look around you! Put away that wide angle lens or if you simply have a digital compact camera turn it onto the macro setting and start delving into an amazing world of macro photography.
Macro Photography Tips and Tricks Equipment
The most important piece of camera equipment you’ll need is a macro lens. 1:1 macro lenses are prime lenses which means they have a fixed focal length and almost all lens manufacturers produce them.
Inserting extension tubes to extending the distance between the lens and sensor is another equipment option for macro photography. Tubes of various lengths can be stacked, decreasing lens-to-subject distance and increasing magnification. I’ll cover that in another post.
Some digital cameras can focus on subjects extremely close to the lens that it becomes difficult to place light between the camera and the subject. To avoid this problem, many photographers use telephoto macro lenses, typically with focal lengths from about 100 to 200 mm. These are popular as they permit sufficient distance for lighting between the camera and the subject.
Depth of field
When focusing on close objects the depth of field is extremely small . A small aperture (high f-number) is often required to produce acceptable sharpness across a three-dimensional subject. This requires either a slow shutter speed, brilliant lighting, or a high ISO. Auxiliary lighting; preferably a ring flash is often used and recommended.