Photography as a profession has become very popular in the last few years due to the prevalence of picture-dependent social media websites and the affordability of advanced lenses and cameras. Photography is also emerging as a popular hobby among millennials due to their love of digital images.

Whether you want to establish a successful career as a renowned photographer or wish to pursue it as a hobby, there are many subfields within photography such as portraits or fashion photography for you to explore. This blog focuses on macro photography, so if you’re keen to learn more, read on!

What is macro photography?

Macro photography is all about capturing the finer details of minute objects or organisms by taking their pictures from very close angles using high-resolution lenses. Although you can choose any tiny object as your subject, most photographers prefer taking pictures of living organisms as macro photography often reveals details that are invisible to the naked eye.

Useful tips for macro photography

Other than good lighting and angles, you also need high-quality tools and cameras to become a professional macro photographer. Here are some great suggestions that can be beneficial when you are starting out as a beginner.

Invest in quality lenses

Macro photography requires lenses with large focal lengths and magnification powers. If you are planning to take up macro photography professionally, it can be a good decision to invest in good quality lenses that can last for several years. If you have a limited budget, you can also reverse a normal camera lens with extension tubes to provide high magnification.

The most popular macro lenses are pricy and have focal lengths ranging between 90 mm to 105mm with a magnification ratio of 1:1. Lenses with shorter focal lengths are more affordable but provide shorter working distances which can be an issue if you’re taking pictures of live animals, as you’ll have to get very close to them to get a clear picture.

Keep the location and weather in mind

If you’re interested in natural elements like bugs and flowers as the subjects of your photography, the outdoors, especially woods and gardens can be great locations. However, bear in mind that the weather and the temperature are major factors in determining the visibility of organisms. An overcast day is better than sunshine as it provides a clearer focus and softer light.

Start out with a fast shutter speed

In macro photography, even the small vibrations of your hands can reduce the focus of the picture, whereas a high shutter speed can ensure that momentary vibrations are not recorded and you get a clear picture – we recommend a shutter speed of 250 frames per second as a beginner.

Once you have mastered a steady hand, you can gradually lower the shutter speed. With a slow shutter speed, you have the advantage of getting a coloured background.

Take care of your equipment

Your camera equipment is absolutely essential for your photography and you should learn to take good care of it if you plan to become a professional in the field. Do not fall for gimmicks or clickbait advice that suggests you use corrosive substances like lighters and toothpaste. You should also keep all equipment away from sharp objects.

Incorporating these tips can help you upgrade your macro photography skills within a short period of time. Additionally, pursuing a professional photography degree can help you learn about other types of photography designs that can upgrade your skills and techniques.

If you are in search of the right photography course, you should explore the HNC/D in Photography offered by the London College of Contemporary Arts (LCCA). The course curriculum parallels fashion photography courses offered by reputable universities across the world and the broad variety of modules will allow you to cover all the elements of professional photography.

Click here to learn more about the HND Photography programme at LCCA.

This article was written by Sweha Hazari and edited by Anisa C.