Macro Photography: Shooting Ideas, Tips And Techniques
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Pixean
November 15, 2019

By now you must have read a lot of Macro photography in our other blogs. About the cameras, lenses, accessories, and kinds. In this blog, we are going to give you amazing tips and techniques for shooting macro photography. Especially for the beginners. So hold on your gears tight and make a mental note. Because you definitely want to use these tips on your next walk as a macro photographer.

 

Here Are Some Amazing Tips For Shooting Macro Photography

 

A Good Macro Lens Is A Must:

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While nowadays all the cameras come with an inbuilt Macro setting. But it is always advisable that you have a macro lens with you. This is going to give you a life-size photograph, with a 1:1 image ratio, meaning, you will actually capture what you see in front of you. Macro lenses are a little higher in price, but the beauty of it is, it's versatility. You can use your macro lens for candid and portrait shots as well. To know which Lens to buy, head out to our blog for more information.

 

Look Out For Your Subject:

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You must have heard it a lot that, anything can be your subject in Macro photography. That's true to an extent, but the one thing that you always want to do, to make sure that your subject is good enough, is to look at it through your camera. Trust me, when you do that, you'll end up eliminating half of the potential subjects because they have fewer details or they're too basic,  up close. Your common subjects include insects, leaves, flowers, birds, jewelry, coins, etc.

 

Best Weather To Shoot Insects:

 

The best weather to find insects to get going with your macro photography is when the weather is warm outside. That is when the insects are active and they move.  But if you want to capture them still, then it can be a little cooler outside. It is always better that you have a check on the weather before you plan to shoot.

 

Longer Focal Length For Moving Objects:

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When you're shooting insects, birds or any other living object, there is obviously a chance that you might disturb them and they might run away. 

To avoid this and get a perfectly sharp shot, you must pick a lens with a longer focal length, mostly which is above 90mm.  

 

Know The Depth Of Field:

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Maintaining the right balance between sharpness and focus on your subject is very tricky. You will have to play around a lot with the aperture setting which will eventually decide the depth of field in the picture. If you can use a good angle, which allows you to have sharpness in your subject and gives you a good bokeh in the background, then that's the best you can get. Or you can also use focus stacking for sharpness which is inbuilt in most of the cameras. If your camera doesn't have it, you can achieve the same through Photoshop.

 

Background Is Also Important:

 

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Depending on the subject, the background also plays a very important role in enhancing the subject in your image. In a natural environment, it is not easy to find a plain background, so you can simply keep the entire background out of focus / blurry. And when you shoot indoors, you can use a single-toned background, like it's done while shooting jewelry. 

 

Better Lighting Means Sharp Photos:

 

In macro photography, you won't ever part of your subject to be well lit and equally visible in the camera. And for that, you can't always trust the natural lighting.

So to better the lighting, there are other options like using a ring light or a flashlight. Both these lights will give you different sharpness of lights.

 

Compose A Photograph Well:

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In-camera composition is very important in macro photography because the image ratio is already so small. It hardly leaves you any scope for post-processing your composition and framing of the photo. So instead of cropping your photographs to make the subject look bigger. It is always better that you reach really close to your subject to have a perfect shot.

 

Know Your Point Of Focus:

 

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Always go for manual focus. It will let you have control over the camera and you get to decide for yourself, wherein the frame your focus point is going to be. 

It always makes your composition better and the images Sharper. In the case of shooting insects OR birds, always focus on the eyes. So as to make it look real. 




Have Patience

 

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As complicated macro photography looks, it is equally rewarding. You just have to be very calm and patient. 

You can't just expect to take out your camera and click the best shot. You will have to put effort into every single step. 

 

Conclusion:

Like I said, the key to be patient and practice more and more. And you'll definitely understand slowly the crux of macro photography.

 

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