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Photography 101 – Tips on Shooting Macro Photography

Photography 101 – Tips on Shooting Macro Photography

I four sites that I think all have great tips on shooting Macro Photography! DPReview is a great photography site to begin with, but this article by Erez Marom does an excellent job giving us some guidelines on what we want in a macro background shot.

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Look to Andorama for the 10 quick macro shooting tips! “The secret to successful macro photography is eliminating the variables.”

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DIY Photography is one of my favorite go to sites for learning about photography! This is an excellent comprehensive guide to macro photography! Goes into great detail about ratios, equipment, different types of lighting!

DIY

PhotoTuts has the 5 fast facts for shooting macro! want the quick list of what you might need to shoot photography then check this one out!

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If you have a favorite tutorial for macro photography that you think should be added to the list let me know!

Macro Photography – LBD Photography

Learn by Doing Photography #23 – Macro Photography

Macro is one of my favorite ways to shoot, I didn’t even have to leave the house for this weeks assignment instead I looked around for some freshness and found some lemons and tomatoes to play with.

For these pictures I tried something different. I bought a light tracer awhile back for a different project and thought I would give it a try this week and see what happened. It was fun, it’s not very big only about 12 x 12, but plenty big for a single slice of lemon.

The light came up from the bottom so I didn’t need any flash or external light. Not sure what to try next on there, maybe some rice? I don’t know, any ideas?

You don’t have to shoot on a light tracer or anything just get as close as you can to your subject!

Learn by Doing Photography – Practice your photography skills with weekly photography assignments. I will post a new assignment every Friday, you can post your pictures at the bottom of this post or on the DigitalCamFan Facebook. If you have any questions please refer to the guidelines, if you have no questions jump right in any time!

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Both these pictures were shot with the Tamron 90mm

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Tony Northrup
has another great tutorial on Macro Photography. Be sure to check out his book “Stunning Digital Photography” There are some great tips in there, I recently bought it and thought it was great, lots of tips!

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Next week on Learn by Doing Photography Assignment #24 – Panning Photography



Learn by Doing – Macro

The essence of photography is to share…. I love that line!

We all love to share our photos. You might share your photos while they’re still in the camera on the LCD window. You might add them to Facebook or email to family and friends. Perhaps you are a professional photographer and have your work framed in a famous gallery. Wherever however you do it, at the end of the day we love to share our photographs. And we as photographers love to look at photographs and be inspired so thank you for sharing!

This week we had some great macro photography on Learn by Doing.

Be sure to give them a two thumbs up if you like!

This one by Donna is so simple, so lovely! I love the color choice!

This next one by Donna has such a good angle to capture the light on that one water droplet that is about to fall!

We’re always trying to find the light! Lesley does a great job with the light as it gently comes into the frame!

Kev I love the angle the leaf is at as the butterfly makes his journey up the leaf. Very sharp!

Beautiful Shallow Depth of Field Dianne!

And this one Dianne… So many perfect brightly colored red pedals!

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Macro Photography – Learn by Doing



Assignment #41 – Macro

Canon 60D 18-55mm lens – with Neewer Macro attached

I spent a few hours in the field this morning taking photos of flowers and anything else interesting. I am currently taking a photography class right now on landscape/macro which I really need! I rarely take landscapes or get in close for the macro shots. All my landscapes have my kids in them as the subject, so when it’s just me and nature I need to learn how to find my subject. It’s like an entire new avenue of learning for me. I can’t say enough about the teachers and their patience with the students as they explain over and over again about DOF or what our eye sees compared to what our camera sees. As for me I could listen and learn about exposure and DOF all day long and always feel I learned something new that I didn’t quite put together prior.


Tips on Macro Photography:

  • Always use a tripod – or something to hold your camera steady
  • ISO 100 – you can go a little higher than that, but try to keep it lower to keep the noise out
  • Try stopping down all the way (Going to the smaller side of your aperture like f/8 or up)
  • Morning light is good because it is softer, even directional light, warmer, no wind (sometimes), dew on
  • leaves, insects might still be asleep.
  • Late Light might have a breeze in the air(sometimes)
  • Clouds make a good soft box
  • Shade is soft
  • Bring a diffuser if shooting in the bright sunlight
  • One trick I found extremely beneficial was live view… I know most don’t like to touch their live view once you start shooting in manual. But in this case I found it very  helpful. When you’re on live view you can zoom in 10x to pinpoint the exact spot you want to make sure is tact sharp. Adjust your focus manually and then take the picture.
  • Before you put your camera on a tripod hold your camera and focus on the flower (or whatever you’re photographing). This way before you go through all the trouble of setting up your tripod you can decide if you even like the composition. If you do like it and want to move forward note how close your lens is to the subject and then set up your tripod.

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A video about shooting Fungi… There are some tips in there for all macro: