Top Tips for Macro Photography

What is Macro Photography?

By Google Definition Macro photography is producing photographs of small items larger than life size.

Macro photographers specialise in photographing objects, wildlife and materials that have unique or fine details you wouldn’t be able to see with the naked eye.

How do I achieve high quality macro shots?

If you’re looking to learn macro photography or even improve what you already know, there’s a few things you must remember to do.

  1. Take a tripod with you. It’s much easier to take photos of your object with a tripod. Your images can easily blur when you are zoomed in.
  2. Light up your area. Make sure that your overall space is full of light. Being so close to an object can create a lot of shadow and dark areas.
  3. Use a fast lens. If you planning on taking photos of tiny creatures, you’ll want to take a fast shot. Use a lens that is ideally a prime lens with f1.8 or f1.4.

How do I set up macro shots?

Now you’ve got all your equipment with you, heres what you need to do.

  1. Put your camera on manual focus. Setting your camera to manual will make it easier for you to see the detail on your screen.
  2. Add your chosen lens. Choose which macro lens to use, my personal favourite is the 30mm macro lens for my Lumix G7.
  3. Open up the aperture. Make sure you aperture is on f1.8 or f1.4.
  4. Keep snapping away. Don’t stop for 1 second, your object might be a small bug and its not going to stick around forever.

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