Macro Photography: Exploring The Unseen
- 24 Nov, 2018
Tips for macro photography
Things to keep in mind while taking macro photographs:
Shallow depth of field:
Macro mode normally involves very high magnifications. Usually, images with such high magnifications will have a shallow depth of field. So it is very important to handle macro shots with manual focus to get a very good focus on the picture. This is a key factor to achieve mind-blowing macro shots.
Use a dedicated macro lens:
A standard macro lens is always optimized to provide its best performance at a magnification of 1 :1. Some widely used macro lenses are:
1. 50-60mm lens that is used for product photography and small objects.
2. 90-1 05mm lens that is used for photographing insects, flowers etc.
3. 150-200mm lens that is used for insects and other such smaller animals
In some cases, extension tubes can be used to convert a standard lens into a decently performing macro lens.
Lighting is one of the most important factors one should consider in macro photography. Since the camera gets real close to the object while taking macro shots, it’s possible that the light on the object might get cut off. This can be rectified by using ring flashes.
Use tripods and Remote switch for stable shots:
Even in the case of macro shots, the use of a tripod and a remote switch or a shutter release device is recommended as it gives you stable shots without any shake.
In macro photography, the background will usually go out of focus due to the depth of field produced by a macro lens. So it is advisable to choose a background that not only makes complements the color and tone of the foreground object but also makes the object stand out.
But you can learn more only when you are out in the field clicking. Try out different settings in your camera and find out that one exclusive setting that goes best with macro shots.
So load up your camera and have fun!!!