Why You Should Like Macro Photography

See a new world… why you should like and love Macro Photography

I thought I’d write a longer blog post about why I like macro photography and try to inspire you to try this style. If you’re already photographing Macro, I’ll try to help you think about stepping out of the box a bit.

I’m not going to write about technical aspects of this style of photographing, you can read that here Macro photography is a whole new world.  A world that we normally don’t see with our eyes!

Let’s give you some examples of the fun!

Basically, you will take an up-close picture of your subject. The best way to do this is to purchase a Macro Lens; this is my favorite Lens. You’ll need to get up close to the subject and as you do this, you will notice that you have shallow depth-of-field (less of the subject will be in focus). You will probably want a tripod or bean bag to help you stay in focus. You will also need to be patient.

When photographing these bubbles I had to play with lighting and mixing up the bubbles until I got what a wanted. The first time you look at your subject where do your eyes go? Start from there. This is what’s important. Next play with your compositions. The rule of thirds is good, but don’t think you have to always follow the rules. Move your camera around and try to put your focal point in a variety of locations within your frame.

Soap Bottle


1/30 @f9 ISO 250 with studio flash

 

When you begin to photograph up close you’ll see all the dust, scratches and imperfections so patients again will be needed to remove all of that. You can pay for someone to clean up your images. I’ve never paid but I have thought about it from time to time. I use to say, “make sure your subject is always in focus”.  I believe that this is true for many photographs but not all Macro shots have to be in focus.  If you want the feel of motion go for it. It’s your art!

Cellulite cream – Nope it doesn’t work!


1/13 @ f/10 ISO 250 with strobe lights.

Below is a fun shot of some wild poppies. It’s also fun to play with your new photograph in post-processing.  Play with your new creation and share the fun on your social platforms.

Wild Yellow Poppies

Here is a classic Macro shot. A bug on a flower. I love this style of Macro photography that allows you to see what you’re eyes normally wouldn’t. It’s amazing and gratifying. Look at the pollen on this guy, so cool! Again, you will need patience, especially if you plan to photograph outside. The wind can be a problem, so bring a reflector or something you can use to help minimize the wind. I like reflectors and defusers because if the sun is harsh you can calm it down a bit with them.

1/2000 @ f4 ISO 100

You may have seen my Macro Lens paintings. Try taking your Macro lens and doing something different and creative. I have so much fun with color and motion blur with flowers, but it doesn’t have to be flowers. What can you do with your lens?

4.0 @ f32 ISO 160

In the image below I used my Macro Ring Light.  Once you have the concept down on how to photograph Macro it’s fun to push your limits.  Try a flash strobe it opens new doors for you to create work.

 

strobe flash daisy with water

Shot this with Macro strobe flash added left flat for marketing purposes.

Not only does Macro Photography show you a new world outside but it also can show you a new world inside your home! So why should you like Macro Photography? Because there are endless subjects to play with! For YOU to tell your story of your close-up vision! The hubby collects coins. What do you collect? I don’t share this much but it’s fun to photograph his coins. Now we can really see them! This coin is silver with 24K gold in it. It’s special for him and was so much fun for me to photograph!

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So why should you like Macro Photography?  It’s a unique world of photography and I hope I showed you how cool it is. Taking the time to photograph using a Macro lens to see that up-close view of your world is exciting! Not everyone does it because you do need patience, but you can do it!

It’s hard to really see beautiful macro photographs on a blog site, but when you know you have a great amazing beautiful image, print it. I promise it will make you smile every time you view it. Most of my images are printed as 24″ x 36″ and you really can feel what I was going for when I created the image. It’s an awesome feeling to see and hold you macro photograph up close.

Happy Macro photographing!

Janice Sullivan

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Macro Photographing Mini-Course

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Once completed, you will be able to see and learn how to photograph Macro Style.
Janice shares how she takes on Macro Photography.
This mini-course is a large download and UPDATES ON COURSES ARE FREE FOREVER.

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This Mini-Course is FREE for members of our SJP Membership Program. Members also get access to Janice's Live Workshops, Q&A, Monthly Challenge and her best Photography Tutorials, Presets and Textures, plus exclusive access to her Photography Roadmap.

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WHAT'S INCLUDED?

You have 6 available downloads in this Course via a Zip File.
Videos are high resolution and may take time to download 448.3 MB so please click once and be patient.  🙂
112 minutes of detailed information including bonus videos.
PDF details of the course.
Course Organizer PDF to help you stay focused and follow through with your tasks.
General Information PDF to help you with your course

Pre – Shoot | Live – Shoot | Post – Production

This course is part of a live workshop with SJP Members.  We have pulled all the important parts of the workshop so you can learn how Janice photographs her Macro Photography.

        • You'll have 3 video download of detailed information. 1hr 52 minutes of detailed information including bonus videos
            • PDF details of the course
            • Course Organizer PDF to help you stay focused and follow through with your tasks.
            • General Information PDF to help you with your course.
            • Feel free to email Janice with questions.

Once completed, you will have seen the way Janice works on her Macro and Closeup Images from beginning to end.

In this live shoot, Janice will photograph several subjects Macro Style. Photographing up close can be difficult when choosing your composition. Janice will go over, in detail, her thought process and explain how she approaches this style of photographing.

Course Materials Preferred

Equipment and accessories that will help you. Bold is needed.

Camera (Manual Mode Capability)

Macro Lens

Tripod + Ballhead

Plamp

Reflector + Reflector with Wind

Macro Flash

Cable Release or Timer on Camera

Focusing Rack

Camranger

Software to Merge Images – Photoshop/Zerene Stacker/HeliconFocus

A subject of your choice

All links to Course Materials are in Pre-shoot Lesson.

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  • Hi Eli,
    Thank you for commenting. Yes, you can actually get up close with any lens. I personally like the Macro lens to get the 1:1 ratio. Too much fun!

  • Hi Eli,
    Thank you for commenting. Yes, you can actually get up close with any lens. I personally like the Macro lens to get the 1:1 ratio. Too much fun!

  • Eli Vega says:

    Hi Janice— I gravitated to your “movement” technique, something I use myself, and which I call “right brain” photography. Keep up the good work. By the way, with the right subject, you can also create macro-looking photography with close-focusing telephoto lenses (for those of you who do not have a true macro lens). Again Janice–keep thinking artistically.

    Eli Vega, Colorado/USA
    www elivega net

  • Eli Vega says:

    Hi Janice— I gravitated to your “movement” technique, something I use myself, and which I call “right brain” photography. Keep up the good work. By the way, with the right subject, you can also create macro-looking photography with close-focusing telephoto lenses (for those of you who do not have a true macro lens). Again Janice–keep thinking artistically.

    Eli Vega, Colorado/USA
    www elivega net

  • Thank you so much! Just like your pearls…it’s beautiful to see subjects up close and personal. 🙂

  • Thank you so much! Just like your pearls…it’s beautiful to see subjects up close and personal. 🙂

  • I love shooting macros too. Those bubble shots are awesome!

  • I love shooting macros too. Those bubble shots are awesome!

  • Awww! You totally made my day Doug!! Happy Holidays to you and everyone at Framable Faces. 🙂

  • Thank you Jama! I would love to see your creations. 🙂

  • Doug Cohen says:

    Janice Sullivan is the reason I like to look at macro. 🙂

  • Jama says:

    What an inspiring post. I really need to try it myself. I love your macro work!

  • Awww! You totally made my day Doug!! Happy Holidays to you and everyone at Framable Faces. 🙂

  • Thank you Jama! I would love to see your creations. 🙂

  • Doug Cohen says:

    Janice Sullivan is the reason I like to look at macro. 🙂

  • Jama says:

    What an inspiring post. I really need to try it myself. I love your macro work!

  • Hi Frank! I’m so glad! Your work is beautiful and I’m sure that Macro IR maybe something exciting to experiment with. 🙂 I had to throw in IR…as you probably know, I love your IR images.

  • Frank Loose says:

    Very nice article, Janice. Your love for macro is quite evident in the wonderful images you create. I have a macro lens and I confess that I have never used it for macro work, just as a medium telephoto. Your blog has encouraged me to put the lens to its proper use.

  • Hi Frank! I’m so glad! Your work is beautiful and I’m sure that Macro IR maybe something exciting to experiment with. 🙂 I had to throw in IR…as you probably know, I love your IR images.

  • Frank Loose says:

    Very nice article, Janice. Your love for macro is quite evident in the wonderful images you create. I have a macro lens and I confess that I have never used it for macro work, just as a medium telephoto. Your blog has encouraged me to put the lens to its proper use.

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