The goal for the creation of this macro photography gallery is to showcase a few of my close-up flower photos, share a few others I really like, and to inspire you to take you own. This collection of close-up images is limited to flowers.
Along with insects, flowers are the single most popular subject to photograph when it comes to macro photography. And it's no wonder why.
The variety of species, the incredible beauty-and-with a little effort-the easy access, all make flowers a great subject for you to explore with your camera. Even their magnification isn't actually 1:1 like a true macro image, taking a few minutes to enjoy the amazing menagerie of colors and complex patterns that flowers burst forth can be magical.
I understand that we're all busy, and I get it that this is a little geeky, but I encourage you to immerse yourself in this and other close-up galleries of flowers.
This a small collection of a few of my macro photography images, commonly found in home gardens in my area. I captured the images in this mini flower gallery within 50 yards of my backdoor, all in the same day.
Usually, when I go out for a macro session I'll shoot at least a few dozen images and come with maybe two or three that I like enough to share or write about.
The photography Gods must have been with me the day I shot these flowers, all of the photos above came from a one hour shoot in the backyard of my neighbor early one summer morning.
Surprisingly enough, the only macro photography equipment used was a tripod, a DSLR, a 85mm prime lens, and extension tubes. With this combination of gear, certainly very affordable, I use manual focus, manual exposure, and I carefully watch the histogram on the camera's LCD screen.
I recently attended a macro photography boot camp and the instructor supplied us with hundreds of small objects that he has collected over the last decade. You can build a gallery of images by "working" with a certain subject matter. that includes flowers.
Change arrangements, alter the lighting, and try to different angles until you get an image worth adding to your gallery. The instructor at the boot camp had a section of his presentation that he called "Success Rate." Now imagine this. He is a master at macro photography and has been focusing on shooting macro fulltime for more than a decade.
He gets 1 or 2 really good images out of his average macro shoot of 200 photos? Wow! Now I don't feel so bad when I come back from a close-up shoot and only have a few photos that are decent and maybe one or two shots that I really like.
Seriously, why choose an unattractive flower to photograph when they're are so many stunning flowers to photograph. Save the challenge of making an ugly flower look good for another day.
Target a beautiful flower to start with and you're halfway there. It's one of the secrets of famous landscape photographers. They travel to places that have amazing views and then they look top apply step two.
Do a little research, both online and by foot or car, and scout out your area for attractive flowers. Make a list. Think of neighbors, local parks, arboretums, conservatories, and flower shops. Make friends with owners and offer them a free photo in exchange for capturing a few of their flowers in pictures.
You can control the light in several ways and it's not that complicated to do so. Here are the 3 ways to control your macro photography lighting.
Use software to fine tune your composition by cropping it to a different ratio. It's crazy to force yourself to follow the standard 3:2 ratio that your camera's viewfinder gives you. The age of digital photography gives you the ability to crop your macro photos of flowers to any dimensions you want.
Check out the square crop of the lily flower below. It's a much nicer composition cropped in tighter than it was as the standard 35mm format that most digital cameras have adopted.
Cropping is a way to get in even closer than the magnification that a moderate macro lens gives you. I don't even own a dedicated macro lens. I shot all my macro photographs of flowers with a set of extension tubes. Turn off the computer and go shoot more macro photos and you'll capture better macro photos.
About once a year I grab my camera and tripod, jump in the van, and drive about an hour to a conservatory and add to my photo collection of flowers and greenery. The mini gallery of 4 images below represent a good cross section of some of the colors that were presented to me during a recent 3 hour photo shoot.
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