How to Take Macro Photos

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Today we will learn some of the basics for macro photography and look at some tips to get you started.

Why Macro:

Macro photography is a great way to capture those tiny details in objects that you otherwise may not see. It’s a way to completely transform an object or part of an object into something of its own. It is also a very fun way to show your creativity and observation as a photographer.

What You’ll Need:

For macro photos, you should ideally invest in a dedicated macro lens. Macro lenses allow your camera to focus much closer to your subject than other lenses, hence bringing out the details that are otherwise ignored.

You’ll also need a tripod for this purpose, but you can work without one as well. Similarly, having a nice ring light can also be very helpful especially if you’re macro lens doesn’t have a very long focal length.

The Process:

The camera settings are the most important part of macro photography as far as we feel. If you don’t have an understanding of the camera settings needed for this purpose, even the most expensive lenses cannot save you.

  • One thing that most beginner photographers fail to realize is that, with macro photography, it doesn’t matter how wide your lens’ aperture is. Because of the very small focusing distance, a lower aperture value will completely blur your image in most instances. To take a focused photo of your subject, you’ll need to close your aperture up to f/8.0 or thereabouts.


  • Make sure that your camera is focused at the point you want it to focus at. Even a very slight focal adjustment on the lens can dramatically change the look of your image.


  • You also need to keep in mind that a very fast shutter speed is required for macro shots. This is because even the slightest of movements can cause the whole image to get blurry because of the extremely limited field of view.


  • Keep your camera’s ISO to a minimum because noise can ruin macro photos very, very quickly.


Some Tips and Tricks:

If you don’t have the money to get a macro lens, you can use extension tubes to convert other lenses into macros. Extension tubes increase the distance between the lens and the camera sensor, allowing the lens to focus much closer to the subject. This is a great way to start experimenting with macro photography, especially if you’re not sure whether you really want to invest in it or not.

A tip to make your macro photos look that much more impressive is to be very careful of the background. Remember that, at most times, the backdrop of your macro subject will turn out to be a blend of colors without any details. It’s important, therefore, to make sure that the colors in the backdrop complement your subject and don’t overpower it in any way.


Macro photography is a great way to showcase your creative abilities as a photographer, and you should definitely give it a try if you are interested in it.