Getting Started In Macro Photography
In this article we will share some ideas on what you should focus on as you learn macro photography. We will go into what type of camera you should buy, why you should take an interest in this style of photography, what type of lenses to buy, how to learn this style of photography and why you should create your own voice through this medium.
Why Macro Photography
Why exactly do you want to shoot macro photography? People have many different reasons but mine are simply because I like digging in deep into a subject matter, blowing up the details, magnifying its beauty, turning a micro world into more of a visual macrocosm. I am inspired by a lot of the flower photography and micro toy macro blow up photography that creates a world of its own.
Why macro photography? Because it is beautiful, artistic and another way to express myself
Get The Right Camera
You need the right camera to do macro photography. What we suggest is a camera that can accept different types of lens. We recommend a micro 4:3 camera or larger sensor because you will get the best image quality from such a camera. It should be made by a reputable brand, have great reviews and should have all the features that you need in a camera. It doesn’t have to be the most expensive camera or the newest but it should have decent features.
More Importantly Get The Right Lenses
What photographer doesn’t like to talk about cameras and new gear? It is like as if being a photographer is as much about the camera you use as it is about the art you create. It really shouldn’t be that way and a camera is just a tool. One tool that is even greater than your camera body is the lens that you choose to use. Your lens will determine more so than your camera the outcome of your images. As so, you should spend more time and even more money on picking the right macro lenses vs buying the latest and greatest camera.
Learn From Others
One of the best ways to learn macro photography is by learning from those who are great at it. We do not all have time or money to take workshops with a pro but we can watch free videos on the subject, we can read instructional articles and more importantly we can all open Flickr and look at the works of other photographer. Seeing what others have created will give you a chance to practice shooting similar subjects in the same manner, it will allow you to develop skills by mimicking and figuring out what the photographer did in camera and even post to get a certain look.
Create Your Own Voice
In the last section we talked a lot about looking at the work of other photographers and using it to learn. That is definitely a great way to learn but ultimately you do not want to be a copycat.
Yes, there is a saying that good artist copy and great artist steal, but ultimately you want to create your own style, develop and eye that allows you to give a unique voice (your own) to your photography.
We all start off copying but we should not end up there without any progress or without us injecting more of ourselves into our art.
Putting It All Together
As you can see, there are a lot of things that you need to learn to get started in macro photography but it is a very easy subject to learn. We started off by asking why macro photography and spoke of why people use it. We next suggested that you need the right camera but in the next section spoke of how having the right macro lens is far more important than having an expensive camera. We next spoke about the value of learning from other photographers, viewing their images and learning this way. After that we talked about developing your own voice and eye to allow your own creativity to flow through your photography. We believe that these are the basic things that are needed to learn macro photography.