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Macro Photography Tips

Pixalweb photographer explains why he fell in love with macro photography and shares his tips with amateur photographers.

He also shares with our readers his favorite macro shots.

Anyone who has visited my Flickr gallery would know that I am an avid fan of macro photography (specially insects). Some people find my passion for shooting insects difficult to digest. What is so tempting about photographing insects that I can spend hours together behind a small creature to get that best shot?

Well, it's the beautiful patterns, or I should say the designs that the insects are gifted -- and we are not. These minute details are which I keep trying to capture as I can not admire those with my naked eyes.

Coming to macro photography, it is not as easy as it seems. First you have to work with not-so-cooperative insects and second you need a powerful lens to capture them.

Also, either you need some sort of support to steady the camera (a tripod or a mono pod or something where you can rest your camera) or you got to have very very steady hands.

I don't have a tripod yet, so I try to utilize my hands as much as possible.

Here are some tips for macro photography:

1. Know limitations of your camera -- Each camera a minimum distance beyond which it can't focus. For example in normal macro mode, my Canon S3 IS can focus at 1 cm but not less than that.

In Super macro mode, it can focus at 0 cm too, nice.

2. Have enough light -- For macro photography, you need to zoom a lot to get closer to the subject and hence need much more light than shooting at wide angle.

3. Get a tripod (I need to get it too) -- As you are working at far end of telephoto range, a small shake can give you a completely blurred image.

4. Get a good macro lens -- Normal point and shoot cameras are generally not equipped with good enough lens for macro photography.

You need a lens which can enlarge the image and still retain the sharpness. I use Raynox DCR-250 lens on top of my Canon S3 IS. This lens enlarges the image 8 times and is very good at retaining the sharpness of the subject.

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5. Keep away from Bumble bees :). Presented by image processing company

Photo credits: Sabiq.

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June 05, 2011

Karenfoleyphotography

Nice tips (especially the bumble bee one!), thanks for sharing.

June 03, 2011

Thaerjoseph

Good article! thank you.

May 30, 2011

Voytekj

Great Article. Thank you for sharing....

May 10, 2011

Nero67

Great blog!!!

May 09, 2011

Taylorgracephotography

Great article!
I've recently become sucked into the world of macro as well.
I haven't bought an actual lens yet (still trying to justify that to the husband! ) but I have a set of 4 filters, the strongest being a x10 and you can use them together to get higher magnification. What are your thoughts on filters? Obviously a lens is going to be better, and I have had a problem with hazing if I'm out in too bright of light. Would a polarized filter do anything for that?

May 09, 2011

Egomezta

Thanks for sharing...

May 09, 2011

Picstudio

Nice blog. Great pics.

May 09, 2011

Llareggub

All good points, I share your interest in taking photographs of "leetle things", for me the 2 most impoirtant aspects of Macro photography are lighting and DOF... The closer you get to your subject the narrower your DOF becomes and sometimes cranking up that aperture does not give you enough!

I have been playing around with focus stacking to overcome this problem recently with mixed results :)

May 09, 2011

lzf

nice image

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