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​Four ways you can improve your macro photography.

Posted by Leigh Diprose on 27th Aug 2018

Use a ball-head on your tripod.

One of the biggest macro tips we can provide is to use a ball-head, like the Arcatech GP Ball-Head. When using one of these versatile heads, you can position and reposition the camera quickly, as the joint allows free movement, horizontally or vertically in any direction. All it takes is one simple unlock knob, rather than three locks found on less efficient 3-way heads. The difference can be the iconic shot you capture, compared to the photo you miss because you were not able to get the camera in the right composition in time.

If you can’t afford a macro lens try an extension tube.

These hollowed out tubes are convenient for two reasons. First, by attaching an extension tube between your camera body and your existing lens (say a kit lens), you increase the distance of the rear element of your lens from the camera’s sensor. The advantage of this will be a magnification of the focal length, enabling you to get much closer to your subject. The second advantage of extension tubes is their lower price in comparison to macro lenses. As this is the case, they can be a great way to get started in macro photography. One thing to keep in mind about extension tubes is that some extension tubes do not have the necessary connections to allow the electronics in your lens to function. If you plan on using a lens without electronics any extension tube that is compatible with your camera body and lens mount will work.

Use lighting equipment.

When photographing subjects close up one of the issues, you may face is the lack of available light. A macro lenses ability to gather light at wide apertures is not significant due to the physical distance from the subject. To counteract this, it is often necessary to use a macro flash system or for a less expensive setup, would be to use LED panels. Once you have the extra light, we recommended you set up a light or flash on two sides of your subject as this will help eliminate shadows.

Research what you are photographing.

Once you have obtained the equipment, you require it is worth doing a bit of research on what you will be photographing. For instance, if you are looking at capturing images of insects in their natural habitat find out when they will likely to be around, what their breeding seasons are and what behaviours you should expect to encounter and capture.

Some of these things can be understood online, but understanding qualities like behavioural characteristics are best left to fieldwork. By studying the insect, you want to photograph; you will only be successful in learning when to press the shutter button based on the insect's behaviour at any given time in the year.

We would love to see some of your macro shots. If you like to share some of your macro shots please post them on our facebook page.

​Come join us for some fun and flower and macro photography.

Come join us for some fun and flower and macro photography. We will be at Descanso Gardens on Saturday January 13th at 9:15 AM for our free flower and macro photography meetup (you will have to pay $9.00 to get into Descanso Gardens). It is for all levels of photographers and we will provide some instruction for beginning and intermediate [...]

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Mike Moats reviews the Acratech Ultimate Ballhead

Check out Mike Moats review of the Acratech Ultimate Ballhead. Mike does an excellent job of explaining why the Ultimate works well for macro photography

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Improvephotography's Best Ballhead Under $500

There has been a lot going on and I have some catching up to do. Mark Morris at improve Photography did a very extensive ball head review And the winner is the Acratech GP Ballhead. Mark is taking the tripods and ball heads on the road so photographers can get some hands on time with a large [...]

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Creepy Close Ups

With Halloween displays already in stores, we thought we would share some creepy close up photos.These are a bit different than your regular Halloween fare, but creepy none the less.These were some old black and whites images taken by Scott back in the 90's. The portrait below is the tattooed torso of a model.A close up of [...]

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Macro Monday - Exploring the possibilities in you own home.

We are always looking for new places and things to shoot. Today we are going to take a step back, and look for things we can shoot in our own backyard. This is a shot of a mini spider plant and my plant mister:There is really nothing special about this plant, but add just [...]

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​"Working the Clutter on the Beach"

"Working the Clutter on the Beach"The beach is a great place to find cool macro subjects like feathers, driftwood, odd critters and sea shells, Here is an area on the beach that has a mass of piled up sea shells. Not a pretty picture, and just to much chaos for the mind to take in.Now lets work in a little [...]

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Macro Photo Contest Winners

We’re pleased to announce the winners of our recent Macro Photo Contest! We were very impressed with the overall quality of submissions we received, and because there were so many great shots to choose from it was quite difficult to narrow the field down to just three winners. Thanks again to everyone who submitted!Third place: [...]

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