Macro Photography: 5 Rules and When to Break Them
Macro Photography
Pixean
November 13, 2019

Photography is an art where you need to follow certain rules. And just like any other genre in photography, there are rules to be followed and sometimes exceptions where you can break those rules. Let’s try to find out some rules which you can break in Macro Photography.

 

Rule 1: Use the Rule of Thirds

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In this image, the flower is placed on the left side of the frame and the rule of thirds is followed, leaving some empty space on the right side. Now let’s look at another image where this rule of thirds is broken.

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Here  the flower is placed exactly in the middle of the frame as its exactly symmetrical. You can break this rule when you have a symmetrical subject and place it bang on in the middle of the frame.

 

Rule 2: Make Sure the Whole Subject is Sharp

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In this image, the butterfly and the flower are sharp and in focus. This rule of the whole subject to be sharp can be broken when you shoot at a wide aperture and just manage to keep some part of the subject in focus.

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Rule 3: Have a Single Point of Focus

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In this picture, the focus point is placed on the back of the insect where the colors are sharply captured. This rule of ‘Have a Single Point of Focus’ can be broken by giving equal importance to the subject and objects in the same frame. Here the insect and the dewdrop act as subject and object respectively and both are sharp in focus.

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Rule 4: Keep it Simple

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This image is a classic example of the rule ‘Keep it Simple’ where a flower is in the frame. Basic composition and nothing fancy. Let’s see another image that will show how this rule is broken and the image is made complex and engaging at the same time. Here the alternate water droplets and the inverted image make this picture a bit complex and keep the viewer engaged at the same time.

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Rule 5: Have a Uniform Background

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In this image, the background is all black and uniform where this rule ‘Have a Uniform Background’ s followed. Just play around with lights and reflections and change the backgrounds to make it more interesting. Here is how you can break this rule and see how it creates a difference.

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Conclusion

You need to follow the rules until you master them and then you can break them and create your own masterpiece. Until then keep clicking and keep practicing.

 

 

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