Macro photography, for those that don’t know, is the art of producing extremely close up photos, usually of really small things.

Insects and flowers are the most photographed subjects in macro photography and a really good place to start out for those wanting to dip their toes in this great photographic technique.

The first thing to do is use the right equipment.  Most digital cameras will have a macro mode, it’s symbol is a flower.  Make sure this mode is turned on.  If you have a DSLR, you will need to purchase a macro lens. Some say a long zoom lens is good, but you don’t capture the same amount of detail in your subject as a designated macro lens is capable of.  And it’s this detail that really makes a macro photograph stand out.

A tripod is also very helpful for when you are in those dark places at the bottom of the garden but is not necessary if you are shooting flying insects in bright light.

So now that we have the equipment, what do we do?  We venture into the garden of course.  Macro photography lends itself to almost any subject and even the most ugly of insects can become a fantastic macro image.  In fact, the uglier they are, the more interesting they are.

Once you have found a nice flower or insect and composed your shot, it’s time to start clicking.  Don’t be afraid to snap away like a madman because insects aren’t known for hanging around and you might only have a short time before they’re gone again.

Don’t forget to think about depth of field.  Macro lens’ can have an extremely shallow depth of field at their largest aperture so you need to make sure you are using an appropriate aperture to get the whole subject in focus.

Macro photography is great fun and the subjects are endless making it a great way to learn and perfect good camera skills.  So what are you waiting for!

Happy shooting!

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