10 tips for powerful macro photography:
- Set the camera to aperture priority and that will let you choose the aperture while the camera chooses the shutter speed.
- If your camera has a Close-Up Scene Mode—which is represented by a flower icon [on the mode dial]—choose it and the camera will select the correct exposure for a macro image
- Use a tripod to steady the camera or place the camera on a steady surface.
- Contrast your subject and the background with colors and details.
- Select a shallow depth of field. Ideally, set the aperture of the lens to f/2.8 or f/4.
- When shooting outdoor macro photography subjects, like butterflies, set up a wind barrier to prevent the subject from moving or flying away while you compose.
- Set the White Balance. AutoWB will cover a majority of lighting situations and deliver a macro photo with good colorization.
- If you cannot get outdoors in the early morning to shoot the dew on flowers, spritz a little water from a water bottle on the petals and leaves to create a more interesting picture.
- When photographing living subjects, like babies; pets or other animals and wildlife, remember to be patient. Those subjects tend to move around and may not always be ready to pose and cooperate.
- For a bit of fun, and to draw more interest to your images, get in really close to your subject so that only you know what you shot—but then have your friends try to guess what it is that you photographed!
You can also purchase close-up lenses at New York Camera & Video in Southampton for $30.