Seattle Photographer | 3 Random Facts about Macro Photography

Lately, I’ve had a macro photography obsession!! I feel like my eyes have opened up to a whole new world and I’m amazed by every detail as I look through my new macro lens. If you haven’t ventured into the world of macro photography, I highly recommend you jump in as soon as you have an opportunity! If you’re unsure of what macro photography is to begin with, then simply remember macro photography is the photography of magnified subjects, such as the flower you see below.

I’m learning that there is a lot involved with macro photography, so I will most likely publish quite a few more posts on this fun subject. However, for now, I leave you with 3 random facts that I’ve learned recently:

1. Generally, a photographer uses a small aperture in macro photography to ensure their subject is in focus. This means that when you expose for your shot, your shutter speed may be longer than you wish to hand hold at. There are a number of things you can do to combat this. Bring in more light, grab a tripod, or even be creative with your depth of field and use a wider aperture so part of your subject is blurry like in the image above.

2. You don’t need the best of the best equipment to get great macro shots. I bought a nice lens, but there are many out there to choose from. Google it and I’m sure you can find one in your budget to fit your needs.

3. In fact, you don’t need a macro lens to do macro photography at all!! Yes, you’ve read that right! Check out this post about using extension tubes instead! It is an inexpensive solution that will you get you the macro results you are looking for.

“3 Random Facts” was the topic of my blogging group this week. We are a small group of photographers who blog about one topic each week. We have been so busy this summer that we took a break from our group, but now we are back at it and determined as ever to blog every week! Follow my blog group around the world by first checking out my friend and fellow photographer Christine’s post in South Africa.

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Katie LandersAugust 22, 2013 - 12:02 pm

I want to get a macro lens for my wedding ring shots. I have a 24-70 and it does really well but I would like something a little faster. Great images 🙂

TaraAugust 22, 2013 - 2:05 pm

I love this shot! Love different takes on familiar subjects. And hey! I did a macro shot this week too!

KristyAugust 22, 2013 - 2:17 pm

Beautiful macro image! I just love macro photography and should really make time for it. Great post!

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EllyAugust 22, 2013 - 4:54 pm

I love macro photography as well!

Huong ForrestAugust 22, 2013 - 9:49 pm

I love your take on this week’s topic, Ally! Great post on macro and I need to try a few different things with my macro lens. I always shoot it SO wide, but should try different apertures!

ChristineAugust 24, 2013 - 12:18 am

SO glad you love your macro lens! It’s a beauty 🙂 can’t tell you how much I love that shot!

[…] After last week’s post, I have been playing around more and more with my macro lens. It has been challenging and a whole lot of fun. I am amazed by the little details in my life, things that I overlook each day, that are now something special thanks to looking at them through this incredible lens. Whether it’s details on the fireplace, bark on a tree outside, or a spider crawling across the wall, I’ve photographed it! […]

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