Easy to Understand and Practice Macro Photography Tips

Do you like seeing things up close, like really, truly up close? What is it about macro work that is so interesting, seeing textures and scenes that are much harder to appreciate using just our eyes?

Today, we've got a simple video with some information and beginner tips from Micael Widell that's all about shooting macro photography. I can remember that I've always been fascinated by macro work; I think it's the textures that tend to really impress me. Being able to see the surface of a bug's eye or the hairs on an insect is pretty remarkable. The veins on a flower's petals? Yeah, that is really cool stuff to see up close.

Widell has some great tips for people who haven't thought much about macro work before, including focusing, depth of field, and some advice about lighting a macro scene. Obviously, he has some pointers about getting your focus right (which has to be one of the most difficult things about macro photography). This is an area where image stabilization is going to go a long way in making your life a bit easier.

Leave a comment below if you've ever tried macro before. Did you shoot insects, flowers, or something else altogether? I haven't shot genuine macro before using a macro lens, but the times I've  gone for the ultra up-close shots, I have usually been shooting flowers and plant life. Honestly, I've found it really relaxing and definitely enjoy a photo walk through a botanical garden. 

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Sylvia Blaauw's picture

I have done a lot of macro work. mostly Flowers, and everything that comes with it, raindrops, insects. But also other objects like engine parts, vintage cars. Very challenging, in the 1990's I was doing a lot of food photography and macro/close-ups are often used. Same as with product photography, as I did for a large home appliance manufacturer, like Kohler. Never thought of faucets and shower heads being very appealing for macro, especially when in action. Water coming at you.
I'm using a macro lens. Also, have a reverse ring. Back n the 90's I worked with a reverse ring a lot. I also did on the enlarger in the lab.

Bodkin's Best Photography's picture

Odd posting a "new" article accompanied by a year old video...

But yeah. Love macro!

Simon Patterson's picture

I find that extension tubes satisfy my occasional need to shoot macro. Much, much cheaper than a genuine 1:1 macro lens!

Deleted Account's picture

I started with extension tubes but they work better on shorter focal lengths which means you may have to get really close to your subject; not ideal for animals. Most days, when I'm hiking in the woods, I bring my 90mm macro lens and extension tubes (just in case).

Simon Patterson's picture

Yeah a dedicated macro lens is preferable for those who can justify the budget. I do actually have a Canon 100mm macro lens which is an excellent lens but I just never go out shooting stills with the Canon.

I agree that extension tubes work better with shorter focal lengths although I have successfully used them to shoot lizards with a 150-600 (but not strictly macro photography). I'd love a 180mm/200mm macro lens, but they're big bickies...

Anthony roy's picture

Great article I’ve always found macro photography interesting if a little overwhelming this article provides a great beginners guide. I was curious you mentioned the importance of a monopod or tripod is there a type of tripod head or brand that you feel works well? Thanks
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