Five-Minute Macro Photography Tips

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Macro photography requires quite a lot of planning, attention to detail, and patience to get the types of shots you often see in magazines and online galleries.

But not all the tricks and techniques that help you get better pictures are complicated or time-consuming. In this lesson, we explore three quick and easy macro photography tips that will improve your images in just five minutes or less!

Manual Focus + Live View

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When operating at such a small distance from your subject, your camera and lens will have an impossibly difficult time focusing correctly. So, make your life simpler and switch to manual focus.

Because the difference between an ultra sharp image and one that is almost ultra sharp depends on a minute adjustment of the focus ring, you’ll need to have the best view possible of your subject. Do that by engaging your camera’s live view feature. Then, zoom in on the point of the scene that you want in the sharpest focus – in the image above, the dandelion seeds in the center of the frame – and watch it carefully on your camera’s LCD as you adjust the focus of your lens. When the focus is perfect, fire away!

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