7 tips for shooting macro photography

Even the smallest subjects can have a huge impact on the viewer when photographed correctly. Bringing out small details and patterns of a tiny subject work best using macro photography. Here are 7 tips for shooting macro photography.
Maybe you find yourself in the middle of a snowstorm and want to capture individual snowflakes on camera. A small flower might catch your eye and you want to find a way to bring out the details through a photograph. Following the tips below will help you improve your macro photography skills.
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1. Lens
Macro lens come in 50mm to 200mm for close-ups. You can start with a 50 to 60mm and move on up to a 100mm lens once you're comfortable with macro and have the extra money to invest in a better lens.
2. Third hand
A third hand tool is very handy to have when using macro photography. You can attach your small object to the third hand and angle them the way you want for your photographs. You can also attach backgrounds to the third hand to use with your tiny subjects.
3. Aperture
Take advantage of the aperture to get a better depth of field with macro photography. Use a small aperture such as f/16 or f/22 to bring out the small details in your photograph. If you prefer a softer looking photo, use the aperture at f/2.8 or f/4.
4. Dioptre
You can also use a dioptre, which is the measurement used on close-up filters that can be attached to your camera. These filters look like magnifying glasses and can really bring out details and make your small subject look bigger. These are also cheaper to buy than certain macro lenses.
5. Extension tubes
If you don't have the money for a macro lens or want to start out slowly in macro photography on a budget, then buy some extension tubes. Place the tubes between the rear mount of the lens and camera body. This will create a huge picture of your small subject.
6. Point of focus
Use the point of focus to get the right focus on a particular part of your subject. You can change the composition of your photograph just by adjusting the point of focus to different parts of your picture. Keep the aperture the same and play with where to place the point of focus on your final shot.
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7. LCD panel
Make sure the LCD panel is clear of any debris so that your final shot will come out clear. It's a good idea to keep a camera cloth handy just in case. Keep an extra battery in your camera bag, since reviewing shots on your camera can drain the battery.
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