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5 Tips for Macro Photography

#1 Get Closer

The WOW factor of most macro photography results from the unexpected or unusual viewpoint. Get close enough to show your viewers something they would not normally see. Think about creating abstracts by shooting small pieces of the subject.

Get close and change your viewpoint to capture an unusual and unique image.

#2 Simplify the Frame

Simplification involves two things. First, scan the background for distracting elements. Are their spots of white or bright colors? The viewer’s eye will go directly to these so make sure to eliminate them by changing your viewpoint. In other words, move the camera. Second, make sure you are focusing the viewer’s attention on the primary subject of the photo by not including too many other elements in the frame.

Keep distracting elements out of the background.

#3 Compose with a Purpose

Composition is the arrangement of the items in your frame. Carefully framing your subject can be the difference between a great shot and one that is uninspiring. Using a grid, such as the Rule of Thirds grid, can help you create more pleasing images.

Place elements purposely within the frame.

#4 Choose Interesting Subjects

Just because you have followed the previous suggestions doesn’t mean you will have an interesting photo. Look for subjects that have interesting colors, textures, structure, shapes, or lines. These will help create an image that draws in the viewer.

The petals are repeating shapes that help create interest.

#5 Study the Light

Macro photography begs to have even lighting across the entire frame. Thus, there are ring lights just for this genre. However, let your creativity determine how to best utilize the light on your subject. You might want backlighting to emphasize the transparency of a flower petal or side lighting to help create a sense of depth. Study the light to determine its direction and intensity and how best to use it to communicate your vision for the final image. It’s up to you!

Use harsh lighting to create dramatic shadows.
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