Macro Photography 101
When you get your first macro lens, a whole other world will open up to you.
A macro lens can really let you get up close and personal with the all the tiny beautiful details in the world. It can give you a new perspective on things and really make you appreciate the smaller things.
A macro lens is basically a lens which allows you to focus extremely closely to your subject. A lot of point and shoot cameras have a “macro” function but they do not compare with true macro lenses on DSLRs.
One of the main drawbacks when it comes to macro photography is the extremely shallow depth of field produced when shooting a subject up close. The 180mm 3.5 L macro lens from Canon produces a depth of field thinner than a penny. This results in the need for a small aperture which is why a camera with high ISO capabilities is a massive advantage in the world of macro.
The use of texture and colour in your macro shots can really make your images stand out. Above I have included some shots I took of a sea urchin, an octopus and a starfish; the variety of colours, textures and tones in these creatures is endlessly beautiful.
In conclusion macro photography gives you a whole new perspective on the world and will have you crouching down looking at all the little plants and bugs and rocks, constantly finding more and more beauty in the world.
Photos by Iain A
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