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If you are interested in creating something “different” or you need a spark in your creativity, consider macro. Here are a few tips to get you started.
a. Fill The Frame – Really
There’s no need for negative space in a traditional macro shot. Fill the frame. Part of the beauty of macro photography is the ability to shoot abstracts and the more of the frame you fill with the image, the more abstract it can become.
b. Use The Longest Macro Lens You Can Afford
If you use a telephoto macro, i.e. 180mm v. something like a 60mm macro, you can get full magnification without having to get uncomfortably close. Insects, animals, etc., may not appreciate you trying to get within one inch of them for a photo. If you have a longer focal length, you can get the same effect from further out.
c. Get Close – Then Get Closer.
No matter how close you are, if you can still focus, get closer still. There are a myriad of stories in there. Get close – look for them. Find the hidden treasure deep into the shot.
e. Get Eye Level
If you’re shooting animals, insects, etc., shoot at their eye level. Working face-to-face gives an intimate perspective that’s nicely amplified in close up work.
f. Consider Flash
Many manufacturers make ring flash adapters or special flash heads for use in macro photography. Using additional light can help you get the depth – of -field you need if you want to get front to back sharpness in a close up picture.
These aren’t the only suggestions for getting good macro shots, but they should get you on your way.
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