Macro photography of wildlife is not as easy as it might initially seem. Beyond the technical nuances of getting sharp close-up shots, photographers are endlessly confronted with the fact that insects have the addiction of running, crawling, flying away as soon as you get close to them.
But do not let some small insects break you and prevent you from mastering macro photography for yourself in order to enjoy photography.
Check out some of the tips from professional photographers who have learned the basics for a long time and continue to move on in search of something new.
It is almost impossible to imagine a macro photograph without a flash. In bad weather it will provide the required amount of light, and in sunny weather it will remove contrasting shadows from the sun. Naturally, for macro objects, it is desirable to have a ring flash or a ring LED illuminator. But of course, the result will be more influenced not by the price of the accessory, but by the photographer’s skills and abilities to use it. Start shooting with whatever flash you have available. Pay attention to correct exposure and adjust flash output accordingly.
Many professional photographers advise using an aperture value of the order of f / 22, f / 32. The larger the number, the smaller the aperture, which provides a greater depth of field when more detail is in focus, and the flash generates enough light to freeze any movement.
A regular off-camera or built-in flash gives more light than ring flashes, but the light is more straightforward, which is not always the best solution for illuminating shadows. Don’t worry if for some reason you cannot afford to purchase a macro ring flash to take high-quality photos, the available equipment may well be sufficient. Just proceed from your capabilities, planning photography for a particular period of the day, depending on the weather conditions and the presence of the sun and clouds in the sky, in particular.
Well, if you want to equip in the first category, you should consider the following steps to improve your photo macro arsenal.
Must-have lens for macro photography
A lens with a focal length of 50mm or a macro lens works best. Choose the best option you can afford so that you can increase the size of the object from 1: 1 to infinity.
All major manufacturers produce their own macro lenses.
The flash that’s right for you for macro photography
The ring flash is shaped like a donut. It surrounds the lens and contributes to an even, soft illumination. Some ring flash models have the ability to individually configure flash lamp groups.
Macro rings speak for themselves
There are several ways to change the focal length of an existing lens. For example, you can increase the distance between the lens and the body using extension rings or additional lenses with a dedicated close-up screw. Both solutions are cheaper than a macro lens, although not as convenient.
Additional lenses are ordinary magnifying glasses that screw on the lens like a filter, available in different diopters: +1, +2, +3 and +4. Depending on this and the lens used, the image is enlarged by a certain magnification.
And finally, what is worth always remembering: macro photography is the privilege of the patient and diligent. Use it as a strong side of your character or to develop calmness and only calmness.