Photography Tips - Macro Photography
"The moment one gives close attention to any thing, even a blade of grass it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself." Henry Miller
Photographs of just parts tell a story, too. You don't need the photograph of the whole object to have an idea about it. Close-up photography is the art of taking close-up pictures that reveal details which can't be seen with the naked eye. It is amazing to open ourselves up to greater creativity.
I have recently taken an interest in close-up photography. It is generally recognized as "macro" when you are increasing the size of an object in your picture from about half life-size, as represented on the image sensor, to five times life-size. You will see details you had ignored, and everyday objects can take on an abstract fascination.
How close you can get to your subject will depend on your camera. If you love close-up photography, having a DSLR and a macro lens can make a big difference. Play with your camera and see what settings give you the best close-up photographs. Usually macro setting is indicated by a flower symbol. Here are some things to remember when getting close to your subject:
Avoiding Motion Blur
To avoid camera shake you'll need to shoot at a higher shutter speed and use a tripod. When you shoot macro you have a very limited depth of field and shallow depth of field every change in the camera to object distance is crucial so you want to make sure that both the subject and the camera stays still, and the best way is to use a tripod.
Simplify your image as much as possible. With macro photography, you should take your time to get the composition precisely perfect and fill as much of the frame as possible with your subject.
"Art is born in attention. Its midwife is detail." Julia Cameron
With my DSLR and macro lens, I get the best result by setting it on manual focus. By manually focusing your lens, you have precision control of what tiny details will be the centre of attention.
For a bonus, take a fresh look at ordinary objects around your home, such as light bulbs, book pages, straws, maps, pencils or flowers. Try to find interesting patterns, lines, shapes, and colours, and create a little close up magic. Find a window in your home that has good light coming through it. Then select some close-up subjects to experiment with. This is a great way to learn about close-up photography.
I love taking pictures of flowers and plants. There is so much beauty in nature. Once you start taking photographs of the flowers, you can become enchanted by their perfect details.
The best photographs of flowers can be taken by getting down to the level of the flower. Get as close as your camera will allow. Make sure the background is uncluttered. I take photos
of them in my garden or at the local botanical garden.
As Buddha once said, "If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change."
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