Tips for Macro Photography

Macro photography is very unique on its own. It can give a life-like structure to the smallest of objects and Introduce us to the most detailed beauty and patterns we might not acknowledge with our naked eyes. In Macro photography, you need to focus more on the technical aspect of the picture.

Here are a few tips which will help you achieve the most promising Macro photographs.


Simplify

Macro photography is all about composition, subject, and color. Macro is a genre that is capable of taking out the tiniest beauty of your subject, so if you want to capture your best macro shot - SIMPLIFY the composition, remove the tiniest twig from the background. Change your angle if there are any unpleasant and non-changeable elements on the background or foreground.

Look for the colors, don’t fill your composition with too many colors, three or fewer colors are enough maximum four. But not more than that, it will not be pleasant for the viewer and it will make your subject dull amidst all the colors.


Distance

Since you’ve learned the importance of simplifying. It is much more than just simplifying the subject, you also need to pay attention to the background. In macro photography, backgrounds are clean, simple, and uniform. Such a background will complement the subject without grabbing any extra attention of the viewer.


How to create such a background?

The easiest way to achieve a simple and clean background is to increase the distance between the subject and the background. In this situation, use a very wide aperture (something between f/2.8 to F/4 range).

In technical terms, this blurry background is called ‘Bokeh’ and it is widely loved by the photographers around the globe as it makes your subject stand out on a greater scale.


Focus

If you have tried macro photography before, you must have struggled while achieving that perfect sharp focus on your subject. Best macro shots are captured under manual focus. Manual focus lets you change the focus and direct it to the point where you want maximum focus. Working with the lens ring will also give you variation for the presentation of the subject. The lens ring allows you to focus close, far away, then close again without using the lens autofocus where you let the camera decide where to focus on.


Use the Sun as your background

There’s nothing more beautiful than the bokeh created by the Sun. An amazing bokeh will make your macro photograph stand out amongst the rest. The Bokeh effect gives your subject more lively and appealing.

How to capture that stunning bokeh?

Do not shoot when the sun is at its peak. Shoot when the sun has low intensity most likely during early morning and late afternoon. Place your subject between your camera and the Sun. Adjust your angle a little lower from your subject. Move around to find an area where you can where the Sun is broken up by something - it can be a tree, branches, leaves, etc. You want the sun to create a beautiful effect in your shot, adding some element between the Sun and the subject will create a beautiful pattern. 


Try the Shade-sun

Shade-Sun combination is when the Sun is low in the sky. It will help you create wonderful, pastel-like colors in your photograph. Go out to look for subjects, due to long shadows there will not be a big struggle to find a good subject. Get ready to photograph the subject. But before you take the shot carefully position yourself so the background of the shot is sun-drenched. This works amazingly well because the sunny background will be soft and golden and golden light makes an amazing bokeh.