Step-by-Step Beginner’s Guide to Macro Photography

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Macro photography is an interesting undertaking because it allows you to snap a photo of a nearby object that in your daily life might go unnoticed. It also gives you the ability to have a degree of creative freedom that other genres might not allow; you can focus on one tiny aspect of one tiny piece of the world and blow it up to a huge print. You can photograph insects, flowers, or create abstract masterpieces by photographing everyday occurrences like water dripping from a faucet. The possibilities are endless!

For those of you that are just beginning to explore macro photography, this guide is for you! Let’s take a look at the steps required to find success in taking macro photos of subjects like flowers, slow-moving insects, and man-made objects.

Step 1: Get the Gear

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For the clearest and sharpest macro shots, you’ll need to get the appropriate equipment. There are many options available, including extension tubes, bellows units, and reverse mounting a prime lens onto your DSLR. Each of these methods will allow you to take macro shots, but the results just don’t compare to those you get with a dedicated macro lens. So, if you want to give yourself the best opportunity to get the highest-quality pictures, get a macro lens for your camera. Macro lenses are specifically designed for close focusing so the likelihood of getting a tack-sharp image is greatly increased. What’s more, you can pick up a quality used 50mm macro lens for between $150-$200. Of course, new macro lenses can be several thousands of dollars, so there’s something out there for just about every budget.

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