An Introduction into Macro Photography

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Macro Photography is the study of close-up photography objects larger than life-size. The most popular subjects are insects, flowers and still life. The best thing about macro photography is you can get creative and show details of everyday objects that people have rarely seen.

You can either shoot in the outdoors or in a studio environment giving you various methods of achieving the perfect shot. In the past a dedicated macro lens for your camera could be incredibly expensive. However nowadays a decent macro lens can be purchased for £250-350.00 GBP. Other cheaper equipment you can use include Reversing Rings, Bellows, Extension Tubes & Close Up Lenses. These objects give more all round lenses some better macro capabilities.

It is important to experiment when looking for suitable subjects, if you feel that shooting flowers and insects is getting predictable, then why not try different textures like wood, rust, glass, water droplets and peeling paint. Indoor items such as cutlery, pencils, fruit, vegetables, paperclips and jewellery.

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When doing macro in a studio set up there are a number of things you need to do, firstly, set up your studio platform, then arrange your lighting, after that pre focus your camera and finally check to see if the layout is to your liking. If necessary move things around until you are happy. There are a number of mobile studios that can be purchased and they have integrated LED lighting, and are well worth a try.

When shooting macro it is so important to narrow your depth of field as much as possible. The more focus you can put on your subject the better. So you want your aperture as large as possible. Something around f/2.8 if your lens allows. This could also help create some nice background Bokeh. If you need to cater for this by lowering the shutter speed or pushing up the ISO that is fine.

If you really want to push the boat out and have a wet suit handy, why not try underwater there you can find innumerable things to shoot including some amazing creatures, plants, reefs and corals.

Content and some images courtesy of Barry Whyte

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