Macro Photography is my passion in photography. It is the one genre of photography that I am drawn to more than anything else. You might say it’s my niche.
When I first started macro photography, I thought that if I just pointed my new lens at the flower, or the butterfly or the leaf, there would be magic.
Um no. It was a lot harder than it looked! I’ve learned a lot through reading, observing, trial and error, classes and practice practice practice.
So today, so you won’t have to go through what I do, I’m giving you my 3 essential tips for Macro Photography
1. Understand Depth of Field
Depth of Field is the amount of your photo that is in focus. So a LARGE depth of field would mean there is a lot in focus. A SMALL depth of field would mean that there is only a small amount of your photo in focus. In macro photography, the closer you are to your subject, the shallower your depth of field and the less is in focus. keeping that one fact in mind, I almost always START shooting at f/5.0.
In the following photo, I didn’t move, change my angle or change any setting other than my aperture. In the photo on the left, my aperture in 2.8. And only a few of the front petals are in focus. This is a shallow depth of field. In the photo on my right, the aperture is 8.0. And more of the petals are in focus. Which one is better? Neither. I think it depends on what YOU like. I like them both
2. My next tip is to Mind Your Composition
There are three compositions that I almost always try when shooting
1. The traditional Rule of Thirds:
2. Negative Space
3. Groups of 3s.
3. My last tip is to shoot the details
Move in. Macro photography is really all about the details, the little ones that your normal lens would miss.
So shoot Straight On
At An Angle
Now, go out and try it. I want to see the results!
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And I’m still going. I decided to challenge myself this time around and since I started this project, I’ve been only using my Canon 35mm 2.0 lens. I think next month, I’ll choose a different Lens. Maybe only shoot with my 50? We’ll see.
**Monday: Do I need to say anything else?
**Tuesday:Smiles after the second set of allergy shots. He discovered that there was nothing to be afraid of after all
**Wednesday: ISO 12500!!!!!! OOOMMMMGGGGGEEEEE
**Thursday:Tae Kwon Do…
**Friday:I was sick, needed a photo and spotted this off of the side of the porch.
**Saturday: CDub abandoned me( even though I had Bronchitis) for a PGA tournament ALL DAY LONG and left me and the boy alone. I took him to lunch.
**Sunday: Every Sunday, I get the discount flowers from Kroger…
When I went to San Francisco, I knew we would be doing a lot of walking. I needed an easy everyday bad that I could carry around that would keep my camera safe, and let me carry a few essentials Without it getting too heavy.
Enter the Lowepro Passport Sling Bag.
In short, It was perfect for what I needed it for.
And one of my favorite features was the little zipped compartment on the side . When you unzip, it expands the bag! This was a great convenience when I bought something. I could add it to my bag with plenty of room left over.
So in conclusion, this bag is perfect for a quick outing to the park, A sightseeing trip or just an everyday bag.
I can’t wait to take my Lowepro Passport Sling Bag on my next trip!
** I was not paid for this review. I jut loved this bag. There are affiliate links in this post**