A Few Tips to Become a Good Macro Photographer

Hello everyone,

I’m back from my vacation and I’m happy to introduce Adrienne Carlson as my guest author for today.  If you’re interested in various photography colleges, email her or check out the link she provided in the by-line.  The photographs are provided by me using my daughter’s Nikon point and shoot camera set on Macro Mode.  If you want a better view of the pictures, click on them. To get back to the blog use your back arrow key.

My Daughter's camera.  Photo from B&H.

My Daughter's camera. Photo from B&H.

See you next Thursday!


A Few Tips to Become a Good Macro Photographer

If you’ve never heard of macro photography, now is a good time to educate yourself – this form of photography is nothing but the close-up shots of simple things that seem so beautiful because of the depth of the picture. If you have always admired this form of art and have wondered how you, an amateur photographer, could also create works of beauty from seemingly innocuous objects and life forms, here are a few tips that will help you become a good macro photographer.

  • Check your digital camera to see if it has a macro mode. If so, you can use it to shoot pictures at a distance of 3 to 10 cm from the subject. If you’re an amateur, you don’t need to shell out money on more expensive equipment when you can play around with the one you already have. Once you think you’re ready for more professional shots, you could buy a macro lens that provides more than 1:1 ratios or choose to use a close up filter on a 1:1 macro lens.
  • You need to have immense patience when taking pictures in the macro mode because it is harder for your camera to focus in such depth as required for close up shots.
  • If you want a sharp photograph with a handheld camera, you need to use equipment that has fast shutter speed. So if your lens has a focal length of 100 mm, your shutter speed needs to be at least 1/100th of a second if you’re using a handheld camera. On the whole, it is better to use a steady tripod for most of your shots.
  • Lighting is very important in macro photography, so you need to be skilled at using external flashes or artificial lighting to set up the shots you want. The more the light, the better the shot.
  • While most macro photography focuses on micro objects like insects or inanimate objects, some photographers concentrate exclusively on photography water and the exciting shapes it makes as droplets. If you want to showcase water in all its glory, try using extension tubes on your camera. To do this, you’ll have to switch to focusing manually because most equipment does not focus automatically when these plastic tubes are attached.
  • As with any other kind of photography, keep practicing and experimenting with angles, lighting, frames and shots till you achieve the one that you think is perfect.
Hand held Nikon point & shoot macro mode.

Hand held Nikon point & shoot macro mode.

Hand held shot of Liken on rock - Nikon point & shoot camera.

Hand held shot of Liken on rock - Nikon point & shoot camera.

Example: Hand held - should have used a tripod - has some blur to the flower.

Example: Hand held - should have used a tripod, has some blur to the flower.


This guest article was written by Adrienne Carlson, who regularly writes on the topic of photography colleges. Adrienne welcomes your comments and questions at her email address: adrienne.carlson1@gmail.com


4 Comments on “A Few Tips to Become a Good Macro Photographer”

  1. sisca says:

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  2. A macro lens and the use of a tripod will do wonders.


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