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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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I don't consider myself a budding photographer but I love "knowing stuff" and I LOVE pics :) This was really helpful :)