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Macro Photography 101

 

Macro Photography is my passion in photography. It is the one genre of photography that I am drawn to more than anything else. You might say it’s my niche.

When I first started macro photography, I thought that if I just pointed my new lens at the flower, or the butterfly or the leaf, there would be magic.

Um no. It was a lot harder than it looked! I’ve  learned a lot through reading, observing, trial and error, classes and practice practice practice.

So today, so you won’t have to go through what I do, I’m giving you my

3 essential Macro Photography Tips

Macro photography tips

1. Understand Depth of Field

Depth of Field is the amount of your photo that is in focus. So a LARGE depth of field would mean there is a lot in focus. A SMALL depth of field would mean that there is only a small amount of your photo in focus.  In macro photography, the closer you are to your subject, the shallower your depth of field and the less is in focus. keeping that one fact in mind, I almost always START shooting at f/5.0.

In the following photo, I didn’t move, change my angle or change any setting other than my aperture. In the photo on the left, my aperture in 2.8. And only a few of the front petals are in focus. This is a shallow depth of field. In the photo on my right, the aperture is 8.0. And more of the petals are in focus. Which one is better? Neither. I think it depends on what YOU like. I like them both 🙂

depth of field photography tips

 

2. My next macro photography tip is to Mind Your Composition

There are three compositions that I almost always try when shooting:

1. The traditional Rule of Thirds:

macro photography tips rule of thirds


2. Negative Space

macro photography tips negative space

 

 

3. Groups of 3s.

macro photography tip groups of 3

 

 

3.  My last tip is to shoot the details

Move in. Macro photography is really all about the details, the little ones that your normal lens would miss.

So shoot Straight On:

macro photography tips

 

At An Angle

macro photography at an angle

 

From Above

macro photography tips from above

Get Close.

macro photography tip get close
Now,  that I’ve shared my favorite macro photography tips, I want you to go out and try it. I want to see the results!

 

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  • Reply
    Paris at My Big Fat Happy Life
    September 18, 2014 at 8:51 am

    Thank you for the tips! I just got my first DSLR and I can’t wait to try your tips out.

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    MJ
    September 18, 2014 at 9:16 am

    OMG! I so needed this tutorial. My photography is subpar to say the least. I will be trying out your techniques over the weekend. Keep the tutorials coming. A sista needs help. LOL

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    pascha shepard
    September 18, 2014 at 9:39 am

    Okay! I am not knowledgeable in photography. Loving this Rule of Thirds concept! I knew nothing of Depth of Field and have a beautiful camera that intimidates me. I usually just use my iPhone but this post has encouraged me to try your tips. Thanks for sharing!

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    Louida
    September 18, 2014 at 10:03 am

    Girl I really need these tips! I have no knowledge of taking pics what so ever! I’ll be going back to this tutorial once I have my camera with me.

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    Tiffany Khyla
    September 18, 2014 at 11:06 am

    Macro photography is so gorgeous to me! I love looking at all of the details. I really know nothing about photography, but I really enjoyed these tips! Hopefully I can implement some of them in my blog!

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    Mimi
    September 18, 2014 at 11:46 am

    This is so helpful to me. I noticed that now I have my 60 that a lot seems out of focus, and I am realizing that although I love the bokeh I may need to play with the aperture a little more to see what really works for me.

    Now I have to go buy clearance flowers from Kroger!

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    Erica @ The Crumby Cupcake
    September 18, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    These are beautiful photos! My next lens will be a macro lens, I think. The possibilities of what I can do with my food photography with one are blowing my mind looking at this post! Thanks you! Pinned!

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    Roni Faida
    September 18, 2014 at 3:11 pm

    Wonderful tips! I’m going to try these, I just got back from shooting around the city, wish I had seen this first!

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    LeSha Brewer
    September 18, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    Love the photos! Which lens did you use? I definitely need more prime lenses in my collection 🙂

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    Tiffany
    September 18, 2014 at 4:38 pm

    These are positively stunning! I love macro photography and really need to work on it a bit more. Thanks so much for sharing this!

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    kita
    September 18, 2014 at 9:46 pm

    I am not going to even attempt it I am just going to be real. Macro will not be my thing at all.

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    Cam | Bibs & Baubles
    September 19, 2014 at 12:24 am

    Gorgeous flowers. Great tips. You really love Marco photography! I have fallen all the way off with my photography hobby. I’ll just live through you on that one.

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    Reginia {PoisedinPrint.com}
    September 19, 2014 at 2:50 am

    Cries real tears now. After my one class last weekend, I thought I was a pro. Now, I see that I’m so in the woods still. LOL I’m going to be Gordon Parks… I’m just gonna.

    Excellent tips. I’m printing these for my photo binder.

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    Katrina
    September 19, 2014 at 6:16 am

    Love the contrast of the pink against the black. Great tips.

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    Vashti (Veepeejay)
    September 19, 2014 at 12:56 pm

    I don’t consider myself a budding photographer but I love “knowing stuff” and I LOVE pics 🙂
    This was really helpful 🙂

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    Sunflower Macro Photography: The Lovely Everyday
    October 14, 2014 at 7:29 am

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    Tina
    December 1, 2015 at 8:37 pm

    What are good beginner macro lenses to start with?

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      LaShawn
      December 1, 2015 at 11:44 pm

      If Canon, the Canon 60mm macro lens. If Nikon 40mm macro lens. Neither will work on full frame cameras though. Canon’s 100mm macro lens is awesome weather you do the L lens or not. Nikon 105 mm macro lens is also good. But for a cheaper good macro lens for either Nikon or Canon, look at Tamron’s macro lens too! Hope that helps!

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        Tina
        December 2, 2015 at 12:13 am

        Thanks!

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