Macro Photography Tips

Hello Photoion students and photography fans. Today we’ve got a series of tips and tricks for you to make the most of macro photography.

Macro photography is perfect for capturing all the details of a nearby object, but it can sometimes be a challenge to know how to capture the best image. These macro photography tips will help you;

1. Lenses

The focal length of most macro lenses ranges from 50mm up to 200mm. Short focal length lenses are suitable for more general / still life macro work, but as with many things in photography, if you want to get close to moving subjects, you’ll want a longer focal length lens.

A 100mm lens will give you a much greater subject-to-lens distance than a standard 50mm lens, and usually sit in the midpoint on the price range.

If you’re capturing especially small subjects, such as insects, outdoor on the move, then might want to move onto a 150-200mm lens. These lenses are the most expensive, but their extra power is invaluable when trying to capture fast moving subjects such as bees or butterflies.

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Macro Photography Workshop, Butterfly siproeta stelenes

2. Make a Standard Zoom Focus Closer by Adding Extension Tubes

One of the challenges with Macro photography is getting your subject to fill your frame without cropping the image in post production and retain the detail and sharpness when printing the image. One great way to achieve greater magnification (without buying a dedicated macro lens) is to use extension tubes which fit between the rear mount of the lens and the camera body. Extension tubes make the lens focus closer and so produce bigger images of smaller subjects.

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Macro Photography Workshop, Butterfly wings

This is a cheaper alternative to buying dedicated macro lenses, but does have its limitations. The setup can be awkward to build and use, and changing lenses when out shooting can become much slower; something which could mean you miss out on a lot images.