7 BEST MACRO PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS FOR CREATIVE PHOTOS

Macro photography allows you to slow down and see life differently.

As a macro photographer, I have the luxury of being able to “stage” my photos, shoot inside during bad weather, and set up my images in any small corner of my home. However, what do you do when you want to immerse yourself in nature and capture the beauty outdoors?

What is macro photography?

Many photographers are venturing into macro photography because it allows you to photography small details through your lens. By using a macro lens you can get in much closer to your small subject. This makes photographing something very small appear much larger in your image.

Macro lenses are different than a traditional zoom lens. A macro lens allows you to get in close to your subject and still focus where as zoom lenses may struggle to get in as close as you want. Another option to consider is using an extension tube or macro filter.

close up macro photo of a yellow flower

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Read more: An Introduction to Modern Macro Photography

Here, I share my best tips for creating a macro photo outside, when you cannot control many factors of your environment.

1.Keep your eyes open.

Really slow down and look around. Before you start shooting, choose not only your subject but also your focal point. What about your subject is inspiring you? Sometimes you will have a bunch of the same flower to choose from – when selecting, look for unique or quirky features of the flowers.
flower with beautiful bokeh creates an interesting macro photography photo

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I also pay attention to the quality of the flowers, keeping the mood of my image in mind. Sometimes I may want a dead or dying subject if I want a dark and moody image. On the other hand, if I’m shooting a bright, airy image of a rose or a daisy, I probably want to select one that’s in good shape and without browning petals. Remember your subject may fill the frame so be sure to examine it closely.
macro photography picture of a daisy with a black background

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Read more: How Focus Stacking Will Help You Create Sharp Photos

2. Watch the light.

It doesn’t have to be golden hour. Look for reflected light or interesting pockets of direct light. Shade is always an easy bet as well.
red flower with black background macro photo

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Make sure to be careful of your own shadow. You can use it to your advantage to shade your subject, but if it’s ruining your shot make sure to change your angle. If you are moving in and out of shade and sun, make sure to change your settings to update your exposure accordingly.
dew drops on leaves in macro photography image

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