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by Heena
December 10, 2015

Microscopic world is more wonderful than we imagined – “an image of enlarged ants, how with weekday go through we know the difference?” “Original texture of the petals will have so many changes!”

Macro photography is really astonishing! It lets the author to share tricks on how to use simple tools such as an ordinary compact digital camera can shoot some fun macro photography at home.




Shooting theme

There are a lot of macro photography subjects such as flowers, insects, water droplets, fruits , etc., because they are very easy to identify in life. If there are distinct texture or have a complex structure of things to shoot up, there will be good results. But to catch insects stationary moment is very difficulty moreover while shooting colourful flowers is the most rewarding.

For DIY shooting macro photos you need the following equipment or tools:

  1. DSLR / ordinary compact digital camera, the lens should be preferably a 3-fold with more zoom function
  2. Tripod / octopus tripod to stabilize the camera
  3. A table lamp
  4. Bought at a stationery shop magnifier
  5. Adhesive tape used as a stationary subject
  6. White, when the background has a scatter light


For example flowers, It is shown generally erected from a super-simple personal studio. After the erection of good equipment, you can choose to turn off the light in the background, just let the lamp lighting do the work, you do not have to worry about other things.




Steps to use a magnifying glass to take macro pictures

Arrange the camera onto the tripod, since you will use the camera’s zoom function, so the distance between the camera and the subject does not need to be close, about one to two feet.

  1. The camera is adjusted to about 4 times zoom and macro mode (if the camera has this feature), this ratio can already get a good magnification. Trouble can be set to automatic then we recommend using manual shooting that will give you sole control over aperture and shutter ISO.
  2. ISO value should be provided as 400 or less, so as not to affect the quality signal of noise. The use of a tripod or the shutter can be a little slow as long as the subject does not move. Do not shake hands and treat the magnifying glass too hard. For compact digital cameras, the aperture value F4.5 will be able to get the right depth.
  3. Half press the shutter to focus in front of the flowers but you will find it more difficult to correct the focus. The magnifying glass into the middle of the camera and the subject will help the subject to be enlarged then slowly move the magnifying glass around until it finds a sharp focus and press the shutter button

You can use a single macro rail for moving back and forward (for the different points of focus, so, we will NOT change focus in the lens barrel, instead, we will set our lens barrel in one point, like infinity) and we will be taking shots by moving all the set up system in tiny increments from the nearest focus point to the far one.

  • Because of the long focal length plus amplification effect , a slight vibration will also make the pictures blurred, it is recommended to use a tripod, but you can also slow down the shutter to get better exposure.
  • Remember to wipe and clean the magnifying glass.
  • Magnifier may reflect lamp light so avoid direct light magnifying glass before it.
  • Flowers photography can have backlighting or cis-light shooting, but you can try a different shooting angle and light direction.
  • If you think lamp light will be too strong or too hard or, put a piece of plain A4 white paper into the front lights which will slightly weaken and soften the light.


Of course, the above method is for nature photography but image quality aspects might vary, but for the novice it might be a fun experience.





Macro photography Variation

I have seen a similar drops of macro picture, and it will follow suit, try to shoot once, the effect is very good, and very easy to shoot! The next time we will talk more about macro photography variations.







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Hi, I am heena abbasi passionate about writing and photography.I work as a freelancer blog and photo artist.Thank to photosquare for giving me chance to post my articles here and provide me a platform.

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