MACRO PHOTOGRAPHY SUBJECT IDEAS:

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One of the most thrilling parts of photography is MACRO PHOTOGRAPHY! I have learned to love macro photography ever since I stuck some close-up filters on the front of my lens. It brought me to a whole new world.

Today, I want to present some amazing fun ideas for macro photography. These are ideas and tips of things to photograph, but not how to do macro photography. If you want to learn how to do basic macro photography, click here: https://123photogo.com/2021/10/22/tips-on-macro-still-photography/

IDEA # 1 – CUTLERY

Taking photos of cutlery is an interesting idea, but, with the proper lighting, and the unique designs found on cutlery, you have a winning idea here.

Shun Santoku knife

IDEA # 2 – FEATHERS

This is a fun and interesting idea. We see feathers all the time on the ground, on a tree, or wherever. But have you really looked at them close? They are an amazing subject:

Peacock feather

IDEA #3 – WATER DROPLETS:

This one is a classic, but be creative, and find your water on unusual surfaces like a wire fence, a cobweb, or a rear-view mirror. Early morning dew makes almost any subject magical. In the spring or fall, your can look for frost instead of dew.

Water drops with reflections.

IDEA #4 – GLASS:

Close up photos of fine crystal glassware can yield wonderful abstracts filled with curved lines and reflections. For added fun, place glasses side by side, or one behind the other to create lines where they overlap. You can fill the glasses with colored water for even more creative images. Finally, you can add a sheet of clear, but textured glass (available for purchase at stained glass craft stores) in front of your glassware. The possibilities are endless.

Stained glass windows

IDEA #5 – FOIL REFLECTIONS:

Now when I hear about this idea, I thought about this carefully. Why? And then I saw some examples and then asked: Why not? Use a variety of different color lights to enhance your creation.

IDEA # 6- FRUITS AND VEGETABLES:

This is something that could be easy, but, I think it would be more fun, if you “posed” the fruit or vegetables. Don’t just go up to the item and snap, but, pose them like for a still photo.

Pose your fruits and vegetables. The photo is much more interesting that way.

I had a whole blog on taking photos of fruits and vegetables. Check this out: https://123photogo.com/2021/06/05/tips-on-photographing-your-favorite-fruit-or-vegetable/

ITEM #7 – RUST AND PEELING PAINT:

Fascinating rust patterns can be found on an old car, or even a metal garbage can in the park. Peeling paint graces old fences and walls. Most people pass by such items without a second glance. Not you! Break out your macro lens, and reveal the hidden beauty. Just beware of harsh shadows if you’re photographing in bright sunlight.

IDEA #8 – CAR DETAILS:

The sleek lines of shiny chrome and trim on a polished car can provide hours of photographic entertainment. You can photograph your own car, but don’t be shy about taking your camera to an antique car show. Car owners are usually proud of their vehicles and won’t mind you photographing the details.

IDEA #9 – ANIMAL BITS

The texture of fur on your dog or the wrinkled skin of an elephant at the zoo can make a great close up shot. Paws, claws and teeth are fun, too, as long as you keep out of harm’s way. Finally, eyes always make compelling subjects. Shoot close ups of the eyes of your dog or cat (or a person!).

Animal fur, and the detail

IDEA #10 – INSECTS

The amazing small world of insects. So unique when you get up close. They could even look scary if you got close enough. Try this:

There are some special things you need to know to take pictures of insects. For further information go to: https://123photogo.com/2021/07/08/learn-how-to-take-pictures-of-insects/

IDEA #11 – FLOWERS:

Of course I have a blog I have done on flower photography. Just learn the details of great flower photography here: https://123photogo.com/2021/05/20/ideas-of-how-to-take-the-best-flower-photos/


This is a new series of articles we will be doing, to give you different ideas with different subjects to help you with your photography ideas.

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TIPS ON MACRO STILL PHOTOGRAPHY

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* WHAT IS MACRO PHOTOGRAPHY?

* WHAT IS STILL PHOTOGRAPHY?

Macro photography is one of my favorite things to do in photography. To see a world that most people don’t really see. The close-up photos that show detail of things so small we miss to the naked eye.

One of the most popular things to photograph in macro mode is flowers (like that one above). There are several ways to take macro photos. Let’s go over them all:

  • Of course the most convenient way to do macro photography is with a “macro lens”. This is a lens that can focus extremely close to a subject, when in real life, the closest you can focus on a subject with a normal lens is 1 1/2 feet from the subject. You will notice the macro lens will focus down within an inch or three. All camera manufactures have a macro lens in their lineup, and may offer a few choices in magnification.
  • The next way to get macro lens, is to use a “close-up” filter set:
A set of close-up filters usually come in a set, like this.

Each close up filter is a different magnification to get closer to the subject. And the closest filter is the number 10. You can also add 2 filters together, to obtain a certain magnification. There is a problem with using close-up filters if you stack them is that the sharpness of the image is usually not sharp. That might be why they cost only around $20 – $30 for a set of 4. They are just not sharp as a macro lens, BUT, it’s usually not so bad that the normal eye sees a huge problem. Experiment with them and see what you think. I have used them with great delight.

  • The last thing that is available for macro work is the “extension tubes”. And that is also a set of 3, usually, and there are no optics involved, so usually you do not degrade the lens optically.

The problem that I know of right now with using extension tubes is that they provide the linkage between the lens and the body. But, they usually do not provide the linkage for the autofocus system. So, you would need to manually focus your lens through this device.

These are precision instruments and good ones (including generic brands) will run in the $50 to $80 range to keep the lens linkage working.

So, after reviewing these 3 ways to do macro photography, the macro lens is obviously the best way to accomplish your macro photos.

STILL PHOTOGRAPHY:

Still life photography groups several ideas: 1- Close-ups of items, and 2- a setup of posed items.

Example of still macro work:

May be a close-up of tree and nature
May be an image of fruit, indoor and text that says "phpierozullo hpiero zullo"

So the above photos are a combination of still photography / macro photography. You actually pose the items, and that is why it is called “still macro” photography.

Still photos that are not macro photos, look more like this:

May be an image of food, indoor and text that says "H AUTUMN Hello"
Photo by Annida Naura
May be an image of rose and text
This photo taken by : Stephan M. Schimmel is titled: LOST LOVE

So, in this particular blog, we wanted to focus on macro photography and still photography all in one. Posing subjects that are small, and getting close-up of the items and using the macro lens. Here are some more great examples:

May be an image of fruit, dessert and indoor
Photo by LuAnn LePage Thatcher
May be an image of flower