The Best Digital Photography Tips and Techniques For Beginner Photographers

The Best Macro Photography and Close-Up Photography Tips and Techniques For Beginner Photographers

How To Shoot The Best Macro Photography

How To Shoot Macro Photography and Close-Up Photography – In this section of Digital Photography Tips and Techniques, Photos By Meta Explains How To Shoot The Best Macro Photography and Close-Up Photography For Beginner Photographers. This involves getting really close to an object, often only a few inches away, and shooting using two Special Sony Macro Lens, either a Sony 50mm f/2.8 Macro Lens or a Sony 100mm f/2.8 Macro Lens. As you will soon discover, Macro Photography and Close-Up Photography isn’t easy, but adding Extra Light is the key to getting a wider Depth of Field at a Smaller Aperture (More of the Subject In Focus).

Where To Buy The Best Macro Photography Books

How To Shoot Macro Photography and Close-Up Photography

How To Shoot Macro Photography
How To Shoot Macro Photography – 100mm Lens

The Best Macro Photography Tips and Techniques

Macro Photography Lenses – Meta uses her Sony 50mm f/2.8 Macro Lens for the Bee, but she uses her Sony 100mm f/2.8 Macro Lens for the Bee’s Face (Photo: Left).

Depth of Field – Achieving a Wide Depth of Field (The Area of the Subject In Focus) is the biggest challenge in all Macro Photography and Close-Up Photography. You’ll need to stop down your Aperture to about f/16 to Widen your Depth of Field. The smaller aperture reduces the amount of light hitting the sensor.

Using a Bright LED Flashlight for Macro Photography and Close-Up Photography works very well – Even better than a Ring Light. Adding this extra LED White Light helps keep your ISO low, to avoid any added sensor noise.

The Focal Plane Mark – Φ – This circular mark with a vertical line through it is located on the back of your Digital Camera (Photo: Left Highlighted in Yellow). The Φ mark indicates exactly where the sensor plane is located inside your Digital Camera. In Macro Photography, the Minimum Focus Distance (MFD) of a Macro Lens is measured from the Focal Plane Mark (FPM) to the Macro Subject. If you’re inside this area, you’re too close!

Example: Meta’s Sony 100mm f/2.8 Macro Lens has a Minimum Focus Distance of 35cm, and her Sony 50mm f/2.8 Macro Lens has a Minimum Focus Distance of 20cm, both of which are measured from the Macro Subject to the Focal Plane Mark Φ and not from the Macro Subject to the End of the Lens.

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Lightweight Tripod with Short Center Column – This tripod can sit about 8” above the ground, with the legs spread out flat. This Lightweight Tripod setup is perfect for Macro Photography, Close-Up Photography and Wildflower Digital Photography.

Sturdy Monopod – A Monopod is often easier to use on Remote Mountain Hiking Trails, and can also double as a hiking stick. This works where a Sturdy Tripod is just too heavy to carry, or won’t fit into tight situations.

Special Macro Lenses – Special Macro Lenses are required for Macro Photography. Meta uses her Sony 50mm f/2.8 Macro Lens for Close-Up Photography and her Sony 100mm f/2.8 Macro Lens for Extreme Macro Photography.

Meta’s Macro Photography Sony Digital Camera Settings

Camera: Sony a77 II Digital Camera
Macro Lenses: Sony 50mm f/2.8 Macro or Sony 100mm f/2.8 Macro
Camera Mode: Manual Mode
Tripod: Lightweight Tripod fitted with a Short Center Column
Focus: Manual Focus with Peaking Color Turned On
ISO: Auto (Maximum Range limited to ISO 400)
Shutter Speed – 1/100th or 1/200th of a Second – Bump up to 1/1000th of a second for Flying Insects
Aperture: Around f/16 (Widest Depth of Field)
Drive Mode: Continuous Shooting: Hi
Filter: UV
Light Power: Bright LED Flashlight on Mini Tripod

Macro Photography Field Kit

Meta’s Macro Photography Field Kit attaches to the back of her Camera Bag. This Modular Configuration is used only for her Macro Photography contains:
• 1 Classic Kids Scissors – To Trim Grass around Subjects
• 4 Small Leak Proof Spray Water Bottles – For that Morning Dew Effect
• 1 Camo Bandana – For Fake Blurred Backgrounds
• 2 Bright LED Flashlights
• 2 Tripod Mounting Brackets
• 2 Mini Tripods – Use as a Short Flashlight Stands to Widen Depth of Field
• 1 12” Compact Reflector – Reflects Sunlight and LED Flashlight, Handy Wind Block
• 1 CR123 Lithium Flashlight Batteries

Digital Photography TipsShooting Macro Photography isn’t easy. Achieving a Wide Depth of Field will be your greatest concern. In order to push the f/stop higher, you’ll need more light. Adding some Bright LED Flashlights, either Hand Held or mounted on Mini Tripods will make a huge difference in your Macro Photography.

The Best Macro Photography Books

Close-Up and Macro Photography: Art and Techniques

Close-Up and Macro Photography: Art and Techniques

– John Humphrey

High magnification Digital Photography or Macro Photography and Close-Up Photography is immensely exciting and rewarding. Through the close up lens, everyday objects produce striking images, and small creatures show amazing detail that usually goes unnoticed.
Close-Up Photography in Nature

Close-Up Photography in Nature

– John and Barbara Gerlach

Capturing the grandeur of landscapes or mood of a certain natural light is challenging but often the simple details of a texture or color evade photographers most of all. Learn the tips and techniques necessary to successfully photograph the beauty all around you.
Macro Photography

Macro Photography

– Alan L. Detrick

Macro Photography for Gardeners and Nature Lovers provides exactly the information that aspiring nature photographers, no matter their level of skill, need to take their nature photos to the next level.
Extreme Macro

Extreme Macro – The Art of Patience

– John Kimbler

A tabletop book on above life size Macro Photography with tips and tricks on how to take the images. Included is the image that won the Digital Photographer Magazine’s Macro Photographer of the Year in 2009.
Close Ups In Nature

Close-Ups In Nature

– John Shaw

One of the country’s foremost nature photographers offers close up techniques and covers exposure, equipment and composition along with special equipment and lenses.

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