Getting Started with Backyard Macro Photography

Macro photography can be quite fun. You can take brilliant images from the comfort of your home. You can get really close to a subject and the benefit is that everything looks super interesting this way. And that’s because we’re not used to seeing things so close and magnified regularly. However, this genre of photography can get a little bit tedious as well, especially when starting out. If you’re looking to start learning macro photography, we have the right video for you today. Emma from Weekly Imogen takes us through her journey of learning macro photography. Let’s follow along:

First, Emma takes you through the equipment you’ll need to get started with macro photography. Besides the obvious camera and a macro lens, get yourself a tripod, a blanket, a reflector, and a handheld light. You can use the blanket if you need to get low on the ground and close to the subject. As for the reflector, you can use it to block harsh lights and illuminate the subject uniformly. In Emma’s case, she uses it to even block the air current from shaking her subject. You can even use the portable light to illuminate the subject if the natural light isn’t enough.

An interesting tip that Emma shares is to pay attention to the background. Backgrounds are very important in macro photography. In the video, she places the bright white flowers against a dark background. As you can see, this helps to emphasize the main subject better.

Focusing can feel tedious in macro photography. Since you need to place the subject quite close to your camera, this can make it difficult for the lens to snap to focus. A trick you can use is to switch over to manual focus mode and move the camera back and forth to place focus where you need to. This can take some time to get used to, but your life will be so much easier once you do.

Also, keep in mind that macro lenses have a very shallow depth of field. This means very little of the subject will be in focus when shooting from such a close range. So, it’s a good idea to work at higher f-stops to ensure that you don’t have the subject out of focus.

Be sure to watch the complete video for other macro photography tips. If you have some other useful tips, please let us know in the comments.

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