This is the time of year, with the flowers all in bloom and insects appearing again, that the world around us seems to invite close-up images and macro photography.
Shooting at close range can be lots of fun. In fact, macro photography is a favorite of mine.
But close-up photography can also be tricky. Lighting, focus and depth of field are some of the bigger challenges when shooting macro images. You’ll also need to know about specialized equipment.
In other words, there’s more to it than you might think. If you are new to macro photography, it can be a lot to put together.
In the video below, Matt Granger guides a beginning photographer through her first experiences with macro photography. He sets up an indoor environment, and offers one-on-one guidance as the student photographs various small subjects. Along the way, Matt gives lots of helpful tips for shooting up-close.
The video is a great watch for anyone looking to give macro or close-up photography a first try.
I especially like how the video emphasizes using a tripod. The tripod isn’t introduced until about 13 minutes, but you can see the difference it makes. When shooting so close, the tiniest camera movement is amplified. And cameras tend to move a bit when the shutter speed gets longer. For that reason, I think that a tripod is essential in macro and close-up photography.
Yes, the video is definitely worth watching!
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With just a few days until Christmas, it seems the right time to talk about Christmas and Holiday photography.
Here are a few tips:
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And it's a great time to capture your family in a group portrait.
Here are some tips for shooting a great group photo: