Ep 293: Macro Photography challenge for beginners and pros

Want to become a pro at macro photography? This episode will help you take the guesswork out of this style of photography (even if you don’t have a macro lens!). These simple exercises will help you understand what you need to know to get the skills you need so that you’re always ready for that close-up!

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Show Notes

Shoutouts

Episode Cover photographer Sue Morris

I’ve been taking photos for many years, more than I care to remember! My parents gave me my first camera, a Kodak Brownie 127, for my 8th birthday. My dad would take the film into work with him to develop it for me – all black and white and I think there were about 12 images to a roll of film. He was a professional photographer, so you could say taking photos is in my genes. Over the years, other things took priority and I just took snapshots of my family with whatever camera happened to be in vogue at the time and that I could afford. Then about 11 years ago, I bought my first DSLR and that ignited my passion all over again.

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Photo 293 Macro Photography challenge for beginners and pros

Macro photography is extreme close up photography

GEAR

  • Tripod
  • A macro lens or DIY alternative

DIY PHONE MACRO

  • drop of water on lens
  • old lens from reading glasses
  • old lens from point and shoot camera

DIY DSLR MACRO

  • Reverse a lens to create instant macro

If you have steady hands you can “free lens,” or buy a reverse lens adaptor ring ($10)

SUBJECTS ARE EVERYWHERE!

  • Bugs
  • Nature
  • Glass
  • Water
  • Fur
  • Eyes
  • Pets
  • Cutlery
  • Fruit and veggies
  • Grunge
  • Lego people

Focus

  • Use manual focus for more precise focus

Depth of Field

  • Shoot at a narrower DOP to capture more detail

Backgrounds

  • DIY backgrounds using iPad or paper
  • Use a solid background
  • DIY Lightbox or window to backlight objects
  • DIY free lens

Lighting

  • Continuous or Flash

How to create water droplet macro
Above: I used a lily to create this macro ISO 1000 F5.6 @1/15th sec
Above: Macro Nutella

Macro ideas

  • Drops of water
  • Flower or anything you want reflected approx 4-6 inches in the background
  • Dropper to position the water
  • Glycerine creates a thicker droplet (make your own with sugar and water)
  • High aperture
  • Bright sun hitting droplet will create starbursts
  • It’s easier to focus and work using a tripod
  • Focus manually because autofocus and macro does your head in
  • Fake flowers work well, you can’t tell the difference
  • Look for foliage that’s rough or course rather than shiny so the drops have something to grip on to
  • You can use anything as a reflection.
  • Shoot indoors because wind or a breeze with blow your droplets away and it’s really difficult to focus

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