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I have received a lot of questions about how to photograph macro and close-up photography, so I figured I’d give you 10 quick tips on photographing Macro.

1. Read Books! Search online for macro photography books and check them out at your library. If you love the book, buy it! Kindle’s will work too.

2. Buy a macro lens & DSLR Camera, or a high-quality mirrorless camera (two for one on this tip).

3. Use a tripod.

4. Use mirror lock-up on your DSLR camera. If you have a mirrorless camera, all is good. You want to reduce the shake of the camera from the mirror.

5. Pay attention to your aperture. For more clarity, use f22, but be careful of reciprocation after f22. If you want really sharp images, use f8 and stack your images.

6. The closer you get to the subject, the less depth-of-field you will have; play with that for artistic pictures.

7. Play with lighting. Want texture? light from the side. Want saturation? Light in front (built-in pop-up lights don’t work). Play with flashlights and bounce light with small reflectors.  Aluminum foil works great.

8. Focus on your main subject and make that sharp. Watch out for the background – you don’t want it to take away from your subject.

9. Manual Focus, and most of all….

10. Have fun and play!

Photographing Macro

Daisy Fiber


Photographing Macro

Backside of a Thistle



Janice Sullivan


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