I thought I’d follow up the MACRO Photography & The Natural World workshop I co-presented on June 15th with more macro images. These images were captured this spring and are all from the natural world. Here are 10 of the tips that participants learned:

  1. Macro images require that your chosen center of interest be very sharp. Always use a tripod (or other support).
  2. Use live view if you have it and mirror lock-up if you don’t to eliminate camera vibration caused by the mirror flipping up.
  3. Use live view’s magnification and manual focus to insure your focus is as sharp as can be.
  4. While watching your subject in live view, wait until it is perfectly still before releasing the shutter using a cable release or remote trigger.
  5. Avoid busy backgrounds that compete with your subject by changing your position or using a shallow depth of field.
  6. Consider bracketing your f-stops (aperture) for a choice of varying depth of field and backgrounds when you process the images.
  7. Compose in camera whenever possible for the best quality and detail … and to make full use of your camera’s capability.
  8. Choose a camera angle that parallels the same plane as the subject.
  9. In bright, harsh light use a diffuser or umbrella diffuser to soften the light.
  10. Be patient! Successful macro photography requires a lot of tripod and camera adjustments before clicking the shutter.

Scroll down to Very Experimental and Splendor In The Grass for some fun, macro photography ‘how-tos’. And, feel free to leave a comment by clicking ‘comments’ at the end of any post!

'Iris In The Rain'  © Denise Bush

‘Iris In The Rain’ © Denise Bush

'Emerging Iris'  © Denise Bush

‘Emerging Iris’ © Denise Bush

'Bluebells'  © Denise Bush

‘Bluebells’ © Denise Bush

'Bleeding Hearts Close-up'  © Denise Bush

‘Bleeding Hearts Close-up’ © Denise Bush

'Swamp Pink'  © Denise Bush

‘Swamp Pink’ © Denise Bush

'Columbine Posterior'  © Denise Bush

‘Columbine Posterior’ © Denise Bush

'Emerging Fern'  © Denise Bush

‘Emerging Fern’ © Denise Bush

'Peacock Feathers'  © Denise Bush

‘Peacock Feathers’ © Denise Bush

'Bottled Yarrow'  © Denise Bush

‘Bottled Yarrow’ © Denise Bush

'Coral Cairn'  © Denise Bush

‘Coral Cairn’ © Denise Bush

'Coral Cairn'  © Denise Bush

‘Skeleton Leaves’ © Denise Bush
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12 Responses to “More MACRO”

  1. Hi Denise, Thanks for the class, it was very inspirational. It really peaked my interest in Macro photography. Beautiful pictures here.

    • 2 denisebushphoto

      Thanks Vince! It was great to have you in the class. I am so glad you were inspired!

  2. One word, Denise – Outstanding! Thanks for tips.

    • 4 denisebushphoto

      Thanks so much Ken for being the loyal supporter you are!

  3. 5 Kathleen

    Ahhhhhhhhh, so much fun to learn from a “Pro”!!! These images are beautiful. So glad I won the “Swamp Pink” which is now in my office!!!

    • 6 denisebushphoto

      Thanks so much for the support; participating in the workshops and following this blog.

  4. 7 MikeP

    Nice follow up to your WS… one of my many faults… lack of knowledge in the Macro arena. Your well written points and outstanding examples stir the Macro man inside of me… 🙂

    • 8 denisebushphoto

      Thanks for checking out my post and leaving another thoughtful comment.

  5. 9 Bob Damato

    Absolutely beautiful Denise. I truly believe photography, especially macro, bring a Zen like presence to one’s life experience, something the planet needs more of, much more.

    • 10 denisebushphoto

      That’s interesting Bob. I have sometimes thought particular photographs were zen-like but not thought about the process itself being zen-like. If we can put ourselves in a zen state of mind I think it could only enhance our experience and outcome. Patience, simplicity and becoming one with our subject.

  6. 11 denisebushphoto

    From Bonnie – Beautiful photos of my favorite subjects. Love the bluebells!

    I don’t know what happened to your comment Bonnie – it disappeared but I found it in my email and added it here. (Strange?) Thank you so much for visiting and leaving a comment.

  7. Thank you Denise for a splendid workshop. Your images are exquisite.

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