How To Photograph Macro Photography

Learn How To Photograph Macro Photography: Macro Photography tips

Control the depth of field:

You want the person looking at the photograph to be easily able to see what your subject is, not be distracted by other things in the photograph. Use a large aperture (eg f2.8 or f4) to give you a shallow depth of field. This keeps your subject in focus and the background out of focus.

Add a background:

Find a background that complements or is a contrast to your subject. Position yourself to line up the subject with this pleasing background behind your subject. Look for colour harmony with your subject or good colour separation to help boosting contrast. Be careful not to have very distracting elements within your background.

Get close:

Get close to your subject but also at the same height. If you are photographing something on the ground that is where you need to be; on the ground with it! Photographing your subject from up high will often result in a very flat photograph so you need to get to the same level as what you want to capture.

Fill the frame:

For good close up photographs you will want a lens of 50-200mm to be able to make your subject fill the frame. Most longer lenses can be used for close up work but for true macro photography you will need a macro lens with a close focusing ability. You can also use macro extension tubes/filters. Be aware of the edges of your frame to make sure you do not have distracting elements falling in.

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About the Author
Richard Young is a full-time landscape and wildlife photographer based in Wellington. He has been guiding groups of photographers in New Zealand since 2010 and founded New Zealand Photography Workshops in 2013.

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