Learning how to take macro photos isn’t as hard as what you’d think. With a combination of the right components, a keen imagination you can be on the track to taking the most stunning and powerful macro photos. Let’s get started on some things you need to begin learning how to take macro photos.
Firstly, you will need to plan what kinds of macro photos you want. Do you want to take macro photos of bugs and insects? Or do you want to shoot abstract macro photos? You can do a lot when learning how to take macro photos- and it’s all such great fun!
Becoming familiar with how to take macro photos depends on an ability to “see” in macro. This may sound funny because you haven’t actually started shooting yet. What I mean is that you need imagination. You will be able to form an image in your mind as what you want to see as a photo. Imagine what the macro photo will look like before you learn how to take macro photos from a technical sense. Even if you don’t know exactly, to be able to start thinking what a subject may look like is a great goal to aim for, and, will ultimately help you in creating a superb macro photograph.
The second thing in learning how to take macro photos is to be able to use a digital camera and a macro lens with expertise. If you are unsure with using a digital camera then you won’t be able to control the light and clarity of your image. This doesn’t take long and its’ not complicated. Digital camera control when you are discovering how to take macro photos is a great skill to master. Many digital cameras come with a macro or “close up” setting. You can get started learning how to take macro photos by simply choosing this setting and shoot some ordinary subjects closer than you normal would. If you can’t afford a lens, then try to place a magnifying glass in front of your lens for greater magnification. It’s not as good as a macro lens of course, but it will help you to start learning how to take macro photos.
The third element of successfully learning how to take macro photos is to look at what macro lenses are available for your camera. If you do not have a digital camera where interchanging lenses is possible, then you could always look at borrowing or hiring a camera to practice on. Many photo equipment places will let you hire macro lenses and, digital cameras too.
So what does a specialized macro lens have to do with how to take macro photos? Can’t you just use the magnifying glass and be done? Well yes and no. A magnifying glass is great to get started in learning how to take macro photos, but once you have passed that stage, then you will want something a little more sophisticated. It’s only natural and I encourage it.
What is a macro lens and how does it teach you how to take macro photos? Macro lens usually looks like a normal lens. Instead of having normal glass elements inside for standard focal lengths, it has been altered for close up focusing with a predominantly even ground of focus.
A macro lens is idea for reducing to the equivalent size as the subject. It can make things appear very big, which is what macro photography really means in laymen’s terms- to expand or make something look really large. There are various types of macro lenses around- Sigma has created one. I say “Sigma” because they design their lenses to fit on many different cameras by different manufacturers.
When you begin learning how to take macro photos- from home especially- you will need to think about two extra things. The first important thing in knowing how to take macro photos is understand that macro photography reduces the amount of light you have to work with. In this case, you’ll find that you need a lot more light than what you think. No more do we have the luxury of using the flash, relying on the light around us or just shooting and hoping for the best.
How to take macro photos also depends on your focal length. Your focal length in macro photography is one whereby the focus is attained at a certain numerical extension of the lens. In other words you may extend the lens out at 80mm and find that is the perfect focus for your macro photography. Whatever number that lens sits at, remember to always practice sharpening the focus of your macro images.
As a photography teacher, I can quite comfortably suggest that you begin your journey in learning how to take macro photos by practicing your focus in manual. Many photography enthusiasts become frightened of the manual setting and manual focus. If you feel this way, yet still want to learn how to take macro photos, then instead of thinking of it as something to be feared, think of it as something that serves you.
If you want to find out how to take macro photos that take peoples breath away, then it’s important to know how to become familiar with the manual setting, and, manual focus. The great thing about manual focus is that it gives you a much sharper image. Try this for yourself. Take two images of exactly the same thing, on in auto focus and the other in manual focus. Shoot and you’ll see just how important focus is in how to take macro photos.
There are many ways to get started in learning how to take macro photos. The first is to fire up your imagination. Then you can master the technical aspects very quickly. Learning how to take macro photos is a lot of fun. Always keep in your mind that photography is an artistic medium with a technical application…not the other way around.