Tutorial to learn how to take macro photographs – “Macro photography.”
Are you passionate about photographing close-ups of flowers, insects, and other objects? In this tutorial, you will learn the different facets of macro photography, and also how to take beautiful macro photos.
Macro photography is a rather complex subject. Before continuing, you need to get the basic idea of exposure. You can learn everything about exposure in the following three free tutorials:
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What is macro photography?
What equipment is needed for macro photography?
There are five accessories necessary for macro photography:
The close-up lens
The extension tube
The macro bellows
The bellows have an operating principle similar to that of the extension tube. They’re inserted between the case and the lens, and their purpose is to reduce the focal distance.
With the advantage of being able to be lengthened or shortened (from 48 mm to 208 mm for some bellows), they allow maximal magnification ratios in macrophotography.
The main advantage of the bellows is that since they can be lengthened or shortened, they act as a concertina to obtain the desired reproduction scale. We can, therefore, vary the magnification with the same lens without having to disassemble it.
The absence of optics does not lead to a loss of quality; however, the bellows do have disadvantages:
The macro lens – “Macro photography”
The macro lens is the best solution for having the right stitch and maintaining impeccable image quality. It will surely become an indispensable lens as it evolves in macro photography.
Many brands produce high-performance macro lenses: Nikon, Canon, Tamron, Sigma, Sony, Pentax, etc., and their prices range from $340 to $1,100 for the longest focal lengths.
Most macro photography lenses have focal lengths between 50 mm and 180 mm. If you want to photograph dangerous subjects, then you should have a lens with a long focal length, which will allow you to stay further from your subject.
Macro photography lenses from 50 mm to 70 mmThese lenses are generally outstanding and versatile. Their prices are not high, but the focal distance is relatively short. You will, therefore, only be a few centimeters away from your subject (less than 10 cm), which could cause shadow problems when you have your back facing the sun.
Macro photography lenses from 90 mm to 105 mmExcellent in terms of image quality, these intermediate focal lengths are the most versatile, and allow a longer distance between the lens and the subject.
Macro lenses from 150 mm to 180 mmThese represent the high-end macro lenses. Their prices are much higher, but their development distances are ideal for approaching delicate subjects.
Manual focusing – “Macro photography”
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Conclusion – “Macro photography”
As you may have understood, the simplest is still a close-up lens.
Have a nice photoshoot!
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