more macro photography ideas
what to photograph close-up

Would you like some inspiration for more macro photography ideas? Here are 6 more ideas on what to photograph as a close-up.

1. This idea will get your motor running

Look around at everything small within reach.  This close-up above is of a plastic model turbine engine that my son wanted for Christmas one year.  It had some yellowish glue remnants on it, so I decided to play around with converting it to black and white.

I used a Nik Silver Efex Pro 2 filter called Noir.  Please share it if you like it.  

2. this idea might be a little soft

Bathroom idea for macro photographMacro idea #2 Cotton Swabs

Look no farther than your own living room, kitchen, garage, tool shed or yes, even the bathroom. If you like this cotton swab idea, please share it.

3. you can nail this one

Nails as a macro photography ideaClose-up photo of common nail

The most common subjects of macro photography are flowers and insects. What interesting objects can you find other than flowers or insects to do some creative close-up photography?

The nails pictured above were resting in an open box by my back door. They were leftovers from an improvement project to my deck.

To the naked eye they appear clean, smooth and shiny. Upon looking at them closely in the macro photo, the textures and imperfections become quite obvious.

4. more macro photography ideas - this one is a little corny

Abstract macro photography concept

One tip for more creative ideas is to look around your home for common objects that my have interesting textures.  They turn up everywhere is you keep on looking.

This abstract photo of the decorative dried corn is another example where texture plays a big role in the photo.

Search your nearby surroundings for commonplace objects that might take on a whole new look when observed using macro photography.

Notice that the composition technique of shooting the photo from one end toward the other at an angle creates a leading diagonal line. You can get additional digital photo tips on composition here: Photography Composition.

visit a few other websites for more macro photography ideas

Another cool site with some amazing macro photos of snowflakes is worth visiting.  Here is the site petapixel/high-resolution-macro-snowflakes.

If you like food photography, you can combine that with your interest in macro photography.  Here are some tips that might generate some more ideas for you:

5. Sweet Idea!

Strawberries as a subject design for close-up photography

There are many pictures of strawberries and other fruits and vegetables showing the outside, but not as many showing the inside.

Try using a very sharp knife and carefully slicing a few edibles and see what you find.

Notice the Rule of Thirds in Photography was used here as well.

The food in your kitchen, particularly fruits and vegetables, offer a world of macro photography ideas on the inside.

Another technique for thinking up more macro photography ideas for subject matter is to consider depth of field.

6. You might have to read into this one a bit

Macro photography has a naturally occurring very small depth of filed

Pardon the pun, but if you focus on the shallow depth of field that comes along with macro photos, you'll be able to create more interesting photographs.

This photograph from the page of a very old German bible is nothing special, but it could be explored farther as the basis for a unique photo. It was taken with my Canon 85mm f-1.8 lens on a Canon 20d.

With the sensor in the 20d, that lens is the equivalent of a 136mm telephoto lens because of the multiplication factor of 1.6x. For more of an understanding on sensor size and multiplication factor go here: Full Frame Sensor.

The photograph was taken with the lens "wide open" at f-1.8 and the extremely shallow depth of field creates an interesting effect.

Knowing how to do macro photography based on the camera and lens combination does effect what you are going to photograph for sure.

For more information on how to do macro photography, go back to the Macro Photography page and explore some of the linked articles at the bottom.

As always,

Happy Shooting

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books on amazon to inspire you to think of more ideas for great close-up photography:

Written in 2012.
Good for the beginner.

General, Macro Photography.
Equipment and Subjects.

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