If you had to pick one of the best things about photography, what would it be? With all the variety of different shots you can take for one single image, it’s an almost impossible question to answer. High quality equipment matched with our creative minds means possibilities are endless when it comes to capturing the perfect photo. Different angles, complementary colours, props—they all work together to help you improve your photography skills constantly.
A style of photography that not only provides real impact but is great for experimenting with too is macro photography. Think of capturing an image that isn’t easily visible to the naked eye—that’s how you’d describe macro photography. It’s about getting a much larger magnification of an image.
This technique is quite absorbing and can also be a lot of fun, so let’s dive into what makes macro photography so great!
A Bit More About Macro Photography
Macro photography can be defined as extreme close-up photography. The subject is usually very small, but in the photo, it looks larger than life. Think of small details, like the inside of a flower, or the texture of a garden creature; these would all create amazing macro photography images. It basically means that you’re capturing an image that sees more detail than the human eye ever could, which is exactly what makes it so captivating.
This is definitely one of the more technically demanding types of photography. And if you’re trying to improve your skills, this is a great way to do that. But you still need to be aware of some photography basics, like the relationship between shutter speed, aperture and ISO before you try out this technique.
Leaves, flowers and sluggish insects are all brilliant subjects to start off experimenting with, which will create an outstanding final result when done correctly.
How Do You Shoot Macro Photography?
First, let’s just quickly mention your equipment. Most cameras will have a selectable macro mode that you should just be able to select. That’s going to be the easiest way for you to shoot using this technique.
Now you might think that when it comes to shooting, you should have your camera really close to your subject. But actually, it’s better if you keep your distance. If the camera is too close to the subject, you could end up with a nasty shadow or the image could appear distorted. And always remember to keep the camera steady!
The background is also really important when it comes to this technique. Because your subject is going to be the main point of focus, you don’t want anything to take that away. You don’t want distractions and any other fuss going on in your background.
Editing Your Photos
Taking the photo is one thing, but editing can help turn your macro images into something even more spectacular. BeFunky’s Photo Editor has loads of effects for you to start experimenting with in terms of how you want your macro photography to look. Here are a few different things to try.
Using Funky Focus is one of the best ways to enhance your macro photography even more. This tool is perfect for BeFunky-ing your photos and adding an extra element to your photography. Notice how on the two images above, the one on the right helps to make the water drops on the grass stand out even more than the image on the left. You’re enhancing the subject of your image even more, which works so well for this type of photography.
Smart Sharpen in BeFunky’s mobile app is definitely an editing tool you want to use when it comes to macro photography. It’ll pretty smart, so it’ll strategically sharpen parts of your photo without making it look too grainy. Hoorah!
Look how Smart Sharpen on this image just intensifies everything about the subject: the pattern and colors of her coat, her whiskers, the direction of her fur—these are effects you won’t get anywhere else.
Now if you’re looking to play around with your photos, the Reshape tool can help create some hilarious effects—it helps to make the subject of your image stand out even more.
Take the image of this robin. I’ve used the Reshape tool to put pressure on the background which has distorted it slightly, making sure it doesn’t distract from the robin, which is the main subject of the image.
When it comes to macro photography it’s all about experimenting. Really, there’s only one main thing you need to remember: it’s all about finding the right subject.
So what do you say? Are you finally ready to experiment with this technique?