Top 5 Tips to Better Macro Photography (Part 1)

Use extention tubes if you don’t have a macro lens (23mm, f/4, 1/250 sec, 100 ISO, +0.3 EV)

Macro-photography has this little thing that makes it look magical!

Indeed, this technique transforms common objects into a strange or spectacular landscape. But as it is so small, it is often hard to see what we can get out of it. If you want to shoot insects, they’re quite hard to catch and don’t forget, the wind is your ennemy!

In order to make the most out of your new macro lens or extension tubes, here are 5 tips to improve your macro shots:

16mm extension tube/ 24mm, f/4.5, 1/125 sec, 100 ISO, +1EV

5. Be observant! It’s silly to say that, because we are all photographers, we are necessarily observant. However, you should be even more observant! It’s not easy to see the tiniest little things/bugs around us.

photoLook at the size of this tiny flower compared to this daisy. It can be turned into this type of photograph:

Black&white (16mm, f/4.5, 1/80 sec, 100 ISO with 16mm tube)

4. Use a LED flashlight to add a better light or to create a special effect. That is what I did in the latter picture. It helped to get the black background.

3. If you want to shoot insects, shoot at dawn. They’re still asleep and/or calm. They need to warm up at the sun.

50mm, f/5.6, 1/800 sec, 800 ISO, +0.7EV

2. Use high ISO. The latest sensors can easily support high ISO shooting, take advange of that in order to freeze your subject. There is always a bit of wind to bother you. 400 or 800 ISO are still acceptable for most recent cameras. Even higher of course for the best ones!

1. Composition remains the key rule. I know you are in a hurry to shoot your subject and we have a tendency to focus on capturing the most “spectacular” close-ups but meanwhile don’t forget the basic rules to make your photo look even greater. The composition is still essential, it’s not only shooting things in close-up. The rule of the thirds is always very efficient. That being said, a rule is also meant to be broken 😉

Butterfly at dawn: 50mm, f/5.6, 1/80 sec, 100 ISO

It is always a bit simplistic to stay at 5 tips, but it’s the first part and an introduction to macro-photography.

Stay tuned and remember, be creative!



More to come!