Macro Photography Collection Tips to Consider

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February 9, 2016

5 Macro Photography Tips to Keep in Mind before Publishing Photo Books

Whether someone is a photo enthusiast or not, they can’t deny that macro in photos is enthralling to look at and captivating to behold. In photography books, macro photography is ever prominent. Photographers typically master first the basics of taking macro pictures before moving on to its different techniques.

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Enthusiasts are suckers for macro photos. Close up macro shots of various objects always invoke profound emotions brought about by the emphasis of colors, textures, and focus, among others.

What exactly are the different steps to macro photography? Here are some macro photo tips to produce vivid images worthy of photo books everywhere.


  • Aperture

Described as the opening where light travels through, tinkering with your camera’s aperture setting allows for better lighting focus on the subject you are taking a photo of. Recommended settings are at f16 / f22. You don’t really need expensive macro lenses, as you can just improvise.

  • Shutter speed

One of the biggest problems photographers face is movement. This would also include vibrations and shaking, which may affect the quality of images. Setting the shutter speed will help in capturing photos, even at low ISO settings. On another note, playing with the camera’s manual focus function can lead to great results, yielding improvements in your equipment’s shutter speed.


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  • Background

Clutter in the background often takes the focus away from the subject, since there’d be so many things to look at. By setting your angle carefully to capture an image, you’d be placing focus on the subject instead of the background. Take simplicity into account! The subject should be the only thing elaborated in the image.

  • Color

In photography, the subject should be the only one that’s truly vivid in its color scheme, so as not to distract people from it. You can take advantage of the blur that macro photography produces to make the things around the subject look more neutral in color. Try experimenting with angles and lighting. See if you can capture vibrant colors without using post-processing tools!

  • Weather conditions

A bright, yet cloudy weather produces a good amount of saturation during your shoot. As with color, the subject should be vibrant, and the right weather conditions help in granting neutrality to the tone of the image. Take note that even without fancy lighting equipment, you can still produce photos of great worth. In fact, natural lighting will always be the better choice for you!