By Michèle Grenier

April 15, 2020

 
It's not always easy to stay creative in your photography while you're cooped up at home. That's why I propose you a fun macro project easy to do at home, whether alone or with your family!


What is Macro Photography?

Macrophotography is a method of photographing small objects with magnification ratios. Macro photography is often used to take pictures of insects, flowers, textures (such as wood bark), etc. In short, it is ideal to bring out the small details of an infinite number of subjects in a very creative and original way!

Michèle Grenier
Sony a9FE 90mm f/2.8 Macro G OSS

Required Equipment

The equipment needed to carry out this project at home is very simple:

  • Water
  • A vaporizer
    Worst case scenario, fingers to splash!
  • Glycerine
    You can get it at any drugstore.
  • A source of light
    I used a small LED light like Litra or Profoto C1. The cell phone flashlight option, which is quite powerful, works very well too.
  • A macro lens
    If you don't have a macro lens, you can opt for the affordable option of extension tubes. If you don't have either, have fun with a magnifying glass at the end of a regular lens!

Michèle Grenier
Sony a9FE 90mm f/2.8 Macro G OSS


Shooting

  •  Mix the glycerine with water.
    The greater the proportion of glycerin, the more "stable" (not runny) the drops will be.
  • Make sure the room is as dark as possible
    Close the lights and curtains and then adjust your camera settings (e.g., limit the shutter speed and/or use a larger aperture and/or increase the ISO).
  • Place your light source very close to your subject.
    In my case, it's a body part. In yours, it can be a multitude of other surfaces (plant, mirror, glass bottle). In short, anything you can get your hands on.
  • Spray and have fun!
    Change your angle of view and that of the light. Small changes can make a big difference. And the best part - as you can see from the photos in this article - is that the environment can be anything but glamorous... and no one will ever know! (Thanks to the small light source and the shallow depth of field provided by the macro).

Michèle Grenier
Sony a9FE 90mm f/2.8 Macro G OSS


Editing

If you want to edit your photos, I strongly suggest a "black and white" look with a lot of structure. It's great for highlighting highlights and drop shadows (I made mine using Luminar 4 software).


Dive in!

I've always found macro photography to be a fascinating and relaxing activity! Why is that? Because you focus on small things. You can spend hours and hours looking at the same subject from every angle... and forget about everything else. Why don't you give it a try? Your afternoons could suddenly pass very quickly.

Tell us about your macrophotography project using the hashtag #GosselinPhoto
We can't wait to see how you do!

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