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5 Tips to Better Macro Photography (Part 2)

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50mm, f/5.6, 1/80, 640 ISO

In order to offer you a better in-depth article for our macro-photography introduction, you’ll find here 5 other tips from my own experience you might need if you want to go further in this magical photography field :

5. Live View. Use the live-view mode. It’s easier when you need to have your camera on the ground for creative perpectives and in the meantime you see directly the depth of field you have. It’s easier than to use the depth of field preview button when you are into the grass. By the way, remember to use enough depth of field. You will usually want to have the best bokeh ever but you will probably end up having almost everything blurry. Especially with extension tubes of course, the depth of field is very shallow.

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16mm extension tubes (24mm, f/4.5, 1/60 sec, 200 ISO, +1.3EV)

4. Manual focus. I would usually recommend to use manual focus in order to be sure that the focus is made on the object you want. Otherwise you could be bothered by the Auto-focus choosing another part that you do not want as your main subject.

If your camera has the focus peaking mode, don’t hesitate to use it, it’s a great tool! Most mirrorless cameras have it and the most recent DSLRs are starting to feature it.

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16mm extension tubes (22mm, f/4, 1/60 sec, 640 ISO)

3. Tripod. Everytime you can, use a tripod. Like for other photography fields, it will give you the possibility to shoot at low ISO and avoid blur from your own movement. You will need to choose a tripod with which you can shoot very close to the ground. You can reverse its head and tilt it to the right direction.

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That’s exactely what I did to shoot this abstract picture. Oil and water. (Tripod with reversed head, extension tubes, 50mm, f/5.6, 1/13 sec, 100 ISO)

2. Reflector. Reflectors, as tripods, are very useful accessories that you might want to get for other type of photography such as portraiture or landscapes. There are two purposes for this accessory in this particular case. The first and most important one, it will give the light you might be missing for your subject. The second one, it will protect your subject from the wind. If you don’t have a reflector, a white sheet of paper will do very well too.

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50mm, f/5.6, 1/80 sec, 400 ISO

1. Last but not least. It’s probably the most original accessory. Buy a sprayer to simulate morning dew or just to shoot droplets. if you shoot when the sun rises, you’ll get great bokeh from it.

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Here’s an example of simulated dew on a tiny flower. You can do that on basically eveything. (Extension tube used here, 16mm, f/5.6, 1/80 sec, 100 ISO)

Hope you guys enjoyed these tips and will try them on the field!

5 subjects of predilection you can use for your photography

If you need some guidance because you don’t know right away what to shoot for macro pictures, I’ll try to give you the most used 5 subjects of predilection. But as you know now, you can shoot basically whatever you like, even your dog’s nose!:

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1) Splash! It is about seizing the most graphically moment of the impact of a drop on a liquide. The effect can look very dramatic.

2) Insects. As extreme close-ups, ants, bees, or flies can be surprising and even look terrifying!

3) Flowers. They are so pretty, delicate and fragile. The complexity of flowers deserve to be discovered with in-depth insights.

4) Dew droplets. Like flowers, they are fragile and delicate. Their transparency can be breathtaking. It can be also interesting to shoot a flower through a droplet. By doing this, the flower will appear upside down.

5) Fruits. Colorful and sometimes translucent when you cut them into slices, they can show interesting textures and tones.

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Chris

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