In the last post I shared 10 inspirations to get you motivated to photograph macro & close-up! Now I’d like to give you some fun techniques for you to play with. Below are my five favorite macro techniques.
01. Play with your F-stop
Change up your aperture. You’ll be surprised by what the depth of field (DOF) will be compared to f2.8 to f22 to a Macro image.
02. Try New Perspectives
Shoot on top, below to the side, behind….Move that lens around!
03. Focus Stack
One of my favorite ways to photograph is focus stacking! You take several in focus images (f8 is a good start) overlapping what’s in focus and merge them together. It’s a blast seeing your subject become one in focus it’s like POW, your mind is amazed to see the result! Photoshop, Helicon & Zerene Stacker can help you out with the merge.
04. Rule of Thirds
I have a video on this if you want to check it out. Trust me, this rule works… be creative and photograph on all intersecting areas to see what you like. Basically the rule of thirds is a hashtag on top of your image and you set your focal point (main subjects) on the intersections.
05. Back Lighting
Macro back-light is really exciting…especially when you focus on leaves and flowers. You can see the details in the life of the subject. Here is a behind the scenes video I did on my iPhone…fun! fun!
These five tips will give you plenty of fun images that you’ll be proud of. I would LOVE to see your favorite macro techniques shared in the comment section.
Cheers to macro techniques!