5 Macro Photography Tips

Here are 5 macro photography tips that I use when I do my macro photography.

1) Use a tripod. This is not always required but it will allow for a better "shooting percentage". A tripod helps with sharpness, will allow you to get the depth of field you need for most macro photography, and makes it easier when you are low to the ground getting those hard to reach shots.

2) Use a flash. Using your pop up flash is often not a good idea, depending how close you are to your subject your pop up flash will cast a shadow on the subject. Instead try using an off camera speed light to light your subject or better yet a ring light.

3) Manual Focus. When working in close quarters your autofocus will have troubles focusing and you will have more success using manual focus. I use my live view zoom in on my LCD and manual focus on my subject to get the sharpness I am looking for.

4) When shooting outdoors you will most likely encounter some wind. When shooting flowers or insects on flowers, it will help to anchor the flower to a stick to help stabilize the subject.

5) F16 is the minimum aperture you want, in order to get your subject in focus and achieve depth. With that being said, experiment with different apertures to achieve different effects.

This weeks post picture was taken with a 100mm macro f8 @ 1/30 sec

Hope these tips help with your macro photography!

Waterfall Photography Tips

Photographing waterfalls can sometimes be a bit tricky. I prefer the cotton candy looking water. To get that look you will need a couple of things. One is a good sturdy tripod. Second is low light for a longer exposure. There are many ways to create a long exposure, but I will go over some Waterfall Photography Tips.

1) Use a small aperture. Shooting at f.16 or f.22 will block out the light and give you that depth of field that is the signature to good landscapes.

2) Shoot with filters! In this photograph I used a circular polarizer. This does 2 things for my photograph. First it cuts down the light by about a stop and second it takes the reflections out of the water. Notice how I can see the rocks in the stream. Without a polarizer the stream would have produced glare from the sun. Another filter I use is a Neutral Density Filter or a ND filter. I have a couple but the one that I use most is a 8 stop ND. This will help give  me the cotton candy look in just about any lighting conditions. Even in midday sun.

3) Shoot in the shade/ early morning/ late evening. There is less light and will help you get the look.

Use your imagination and make pictures. I made this photograph.  I stood and set up my tripod in the middle of the stream, don't be afraid to get dirty or wet. I needed a tripod because it was a 13 second exposure. The rock in the stream, the orange leaf. I put them there to create the composition I was looking for. Is this cheating? Not to me it isn't. When I finished taking pictures I took the rock out and held on to the leaf for a few other shots I wanted to make. Use the resources around you to fulfill your vision. Photography is about creating and creative thinking.

waterfalls can be difficult to photograph sometimes, but with the right atmosphere and equipment it's fairly easy to make a good looking waterfall image.