Photography Tips – Macro Photography – Extreme Close-up for Beginners 📷 DIY in 5 Ep 42

If only I can get an image of what I am seeing
now… My name’s Trisha Hershberger and In this
episode of DIY in 5, we’ll teach you the basic tips and tricks of macro photography. What’s that you ask? We’ll get to that in just one teensy second,
but first, don’t forget to subscribe so you don’t miss out
on any future photography tips! Ok, so what is Macro Photography? It’s extreme close-up photography, usually
of very small subjects, in which the size of the subject in the photograph is greater
than life size. To get this type of shot, it’s important
to choose the right macro lens and/or extension tubes. The focal length of macro lenses ranges from
50 to 200mm. Many zoom lenses boast a macro setting but
these are usually less than half life-size magnification. A 50 to 60mm lens is suitable for general
macro work but with a 100mm lens it would have a greater subject to lens distance. When it comes to cost, 150 to 200mm range
is the most expensive. Another option is to add extension tubes. These tubes fit between the rear mount of
the lens and the camera body to make the lens focus closer
which increases magnification. The more extension, the closer you are able
to focus and the more you increase image size. Single tubes can cost around $25 and a set
of 3 for around $50. Another thing to try is using a small aperture. Make your aperture smaller to overcome the
shallow depth of field. F11/F16/F22 gives you great depth of field. Also, be sure to use
longer or slower shutter speeds. Especially when shooting macro photography,
it’s important to manually focus your shot. To shoot in manual first turn the focus ring
until everything is out of focus. Then, turn it the opposite direction until
the area you want appears sharp and clear. Yeah, like that! Shadows are the worst
nightmare to macro photography. Using a flash will allow you to shoot at a
reasonable speed, yet enable you to keep the aperture on a high
f/11 for sufficient depth of field. Ring flashes can cost
around $40 for the lower end models. An easy alternative is to use a reflector! Then, you want to dust off that tripod! With the shallow depth of field, every change
in the camera to object distance is crucial and can throw the subject
into the blurred zone. What’s happening? I’m in the blurred zone! Using a tripod or monopod will help stabilize
the camera so you don’t end up with a fuzzy shot. Finally, exercise your patience. To try and get that one perfect macro shot
may require 1000 missed shots. Take your time and the shot will come. Macro photography changes
the way you look at the world. It allows you to capture moments that would
normally be lost to the human eye. But man, are they awesome! Do you have any macro photography tips that
weren’t covered on this video? Let us know in the comments below. And shout out to anyone who has an Instagram
mostly full of macro shots. They’re my favorite. Who knows I may already be following you! Guys, thanks so much
for watching this episode of DIYin5. I’m Trisha Hershberger and, gosh! I feel like we’re
so much closer now!

57 Replies to “Photography Tips – Macro Photography – Extreme Close-up for Beginners 📷 DIY in 5 Ep 42”

  1. Indoor macro:
    1. Work on a nice background to get either a nicely and evenly lit or figure out how to create a bokeh with LED's for example
    2. Strong constant light instead of flash could be more suitable
    3. Avoid reflections putting you in the shot
    4. Get props for your shoot instead of shooting only 1 single object at a time
    5. Longer and shorter macro lenses are ok
    1. Ring flash
    2. If you're shooting insects or reptiles go out in the morning because you might catch them when they're not moving so fast
    3. Carry something to lie or kneel on
    4. Get a longer lens so you can zoom in on objects that might run or fly away if you're too close
    Fuzzy images come from low shutter speeds, lack of focus or high ISO.
    So keep your manual focus through the live view feature, if you are using a flash keep your shutter speed as close to the max speed you can get with a flash on (check max shutter synchronization speed for your camera) and keep your ISO to reasonable levels. Remember that shooting close up photos is pretty much like shooting far away objects when focusing and keeping the camera steady.

  2. For macro photography we need a shallow depth of field rather than a deeper depth of field in order to make the subject stand out, So that tip regarding the aperture is not correct

  3. I just watched 5 videos and counting
    These were so helpful !! Thanks so much I have a shoot this weekend and I feel much more confident now . 🙂

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  5. I need a camera for video demonstrations (yes i will be speaking)-(YouTube) and macro photo for eyesbrows, lips, eyeliner shots

  6. do you always need a tripod? What settings do you need to not have to use a tripod? I swear even on a tripod it picks one point in the fram and the rest is fuzzy. Even f10

  7. I have a tip, use crop sensor camera, you will get crop factor equivalent zoom and better depth of field.

  8. I have an 85 mm macro, but want more magnification, but what if you don't want to flip your lens over, can extension tubes work to get more magnification?

  9. I have shot hundreds of covers and big ads. but getting tips on macro is an entirely new thing for me. love how short it is and how much you get in… note with tripod an extension in the form of say a book would help get the camera close.

  10. Couple extra ideas; consider the background before you shoot, its contrast and color, and if you are going to take macro of insects you will likely be outdoors, so consider light modifiers including diffuser and flash of course in order to over power the external sunlight or freeze captures as slower shutter speed, which enhances image contrast or color.

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