If you’re looking for a new challenge that will help you to improve your skills and allow you to come away with some interesting and unique photos, macro photography could be the solution.
Technically speaking, macro photography involves at least 1:1 magnification (a one-inch object would be projected to be at least one inch on the camera’s sensor). However, the term “macro photography” is loosely used for closeup photography, using involving small objects or fine details.
Things like insects, butterflies, flowers, and plants are common subjects for macro photography, but really, anything that looks interesting closeup could be a possible subject.
If you haven’t tried macro photography before, here are some tips that can help you to get started.
1. Use the Right Gear
Macro photography requires the use of some specific gear, so being properly equipped will go a long way towards getting the results that you’re looking for.
While many modern cameras have macro modes, to get true macro photos that are good quality, you will need a dedicated macro lens. You’ll find a variety of prime lenses usually in the 65mm to 200mm range available for Canon, Nikon, and Sony.
The focal length that you’ll want will be impacted by what you will be photographingThe focal length that you’ll want will be impacted by what you will be photographing. If you want to photograph insects or small animals, a longer focal length is better. Shorter focal lengths require you to get closer to your subject, and you’ll probably scare animals or insects if you get too close. But if you plan to photograph non-living objects, you won’t necessarily need a longer focal length.