Macro Photography: Quick Tips to Get You Started

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Macro Photography: Quick Tips to Get You Started

macro tulip flower

Summer is a fun time to try something new.  Challenge yourself to go out and find those ever-abundant flowers or other wonders of nature. Get close!  From flowers to bees to bark, there is so much out there with incredible detail.  Now is the time to play with macro photography and grab the chance while you can.  Below are some articles that have previously appeared here on the MCP Actions Blog that should help achieve some great macro shots.  Have fun!

Macro Photography on a Budget

Intro to Macro Photography – how to get incredible close-up shots this summer

Flower and Bee Close Ups with Non-Macro Lenses

Adding Texture to Macro Photographs

I would love to see everyone share your favorite macro shots here.  Just upload a 600px wide photo into the comment section of this post.  If you want to share some tips, tricks, or details on how you captured your macro shot, that would be fantastic! Here are a few of mine.

beautiful macro flower

macro pine cone

pink macro flower

macro shot of leaf

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  1. March 24, 2012 at 12:39 pm —

    I used my Nikon 60mm macro with my Nikon D700. Manuel focus brings much greater success!!
    Shot at 1/200 of a sec at f5.6 a little deeper than usual because I wanted more detail in focus.
    Kim Klaussen texture.

  2. July 29, 2010 at 6:48 am —

    This was taken with my Pentax 100mm 2.8. A tiger lilly blooming in my front yard. Macro brings to the eye the beauty that is in the small details.

  3. July 28, 2010 at 8:04 am —

    Face to Face – smiling !!

  4. July 28, 2010 at 6:56 am —

    Example of my macro on a budget. This is Foam Flower taken with the Raynox M-250(around $57) attached to the 50mm 1.4.

  5. July 27, 2010 at 5:40 pm —

    the rose was shot with a canon 5d. i shot it in shutter priority at ISO 200, 1/160 of a second with an f stop of 6.3.

  6. Amy Taracido
    July 27, 2010 at 5:40 pm —

    Thanks, I had already resized it to the correct size but I didn’t realize it’d take extra time before it was posted (moderated). Glad to see others posting too! Sorry for my typo in my 1st comment…

  7. July 27, 2010 at 5:17 pm —

    Here’s another one I took the first day I had my Tamron 70-300. We were out walking after lunch and it landed on my husband’s pant leg (thus the ‘fabricy’ background)

  8. July 27, 2010 at 4:49 pm —

    I have a Sigma 70-300mm lens that I absolutely love! When I use it for macro shots, I switch the lens to manual focus instead of auto. It makes all the difference!

  9. July 27, 2010 at 3:32 pm —

    I love my macro lens! I don’t use it that often but I do bust it out atleast once per wedding to do ring shots. Fun!

  10. July 27, 2010 at 2:23 pm —

    Got this lovely Mum from a grocery store–the weather had been really bad, so I set up my ‘indoor studio’ consisting of a small, adjustable IKEA table and two Clip on task lamps (Walmart). I had my Nikon D60 on a tripod and used my Tamron 70-300 zoom/macro. I did just a little ACR cleanup and applied PWA and MCP actions to finish.

  11. Julie P
    July 27, 2010 at 1:10 pm —

    Love to see a post on nature photography…macro no less! I am getting a new macro lens in the next couple months, but I still take pics of flowers with the lens I have right now. Thanks for the info and the great shots!

  12. July 27, 2010 at 12:00 pm —

    One more..

  13. July 27, 2010 at 11:59 am —

    I took this @ my Mom’s and I can’t for the life of me remember what was behind it but I will have to say I love how it gave it a nice clean background =) I think the biggest thing in Macro is ensuring your focal point is clear. It is so easy to have your focus off when really close. I have also found that getting down for a bugs eye view works best (not that I am an expert in any way). 😉

  14. HeidRose
    July 27, 2010 at 11:40 am —

    I used a x3 macro filter duct-taped to the kit lens with my Nikon D3000. The filter was a different size and tape is cheaper than a new filter.
    As it was, I was practically inhaling the feather. It’s not the electron-microscope look I was after, but I’m happy with it.

  15. Amy Taracido
    July 27, 2010 at 11:39 am —

    I’m trying to comment with a photo but it isn’t showing up…

    • July 27, 2010 at 11:58 am —

      Amy, make sure to resize your photo 1st. Not sure why else it would not show. Comments are moderated too due to spam. So remember that in case you thought it just would not post.

  16. July 27, 2010 at 10:55 am —

    Great photos! Macro wildlife photogrraphy is my #1 passion! 🙂

  17. Suzanne V
    July 27, 2010 at 10:39 am —

    My favorite flowers are the stargazer lilies. Since the weather didn’t cooperate, I misted the flower with a spray bottle. This was taken with my Canon 50mm 1.8 lens.

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Macro Photography: Quick Tips to Get You Started