By Michèle Grenier
May 19th, 2021
Limited topics and travel? No creativity? Need a change of mind... or a change of scenery? Here are three macro projects that are good for you!
Project 1: Walking in The Fresh Air
There is definitely something relaxing - almost therapeutic - about walking around doing macro photography. We become absorbed by everything around us. Time no longer exists. The little things we never notice suddenly become the subjects of the century. Bonus: it's a great activity to do solo!
Project 2: Social Media Posts
One of the advantages of the very shallow depth of field of macro photography is to have ultra-blurred backgrounds. These minimally distracting surfaces are ideal for adding graphic elements and text. Take advantage of this to spice up the visuals of your Facebook and Instagram posts by using your photos as a canvas. Quick tip: I love the free Adobe Spark Post app to create my designs!
Project 3: Anatomy 101
The human body is a great subject for macro photography - whether it's yours, your children's or your significant other's. Discover the details of the skin's grain, the complexity of the colors of the iris of the eyes or even, the surprises that are hidden in the whiskers of your faithful pet.
Taking Macro Photographs
With a Macro Lens
The most effective way to do macro photography is to use equipment designed specifically for this purpose. A professional macro lens is usually a fixed focal length lens (e.g. 30mm, 90mm, 105mm) with a wide aperture (e.g. f/2.8, f/3.5). It provides optimal image quality, ultra-efficient autofocus and often has a magnification factor of 1:1.
I personally have a mega crush on the detail and sublime bokeh of photos obtained with the Sony 90mm f/2.8 Macro G OSS. Bonus points: these lenses are wonderful for portraiture and can also be used as telephoto lenses!
With Extension Tubes
Since a quality macro lens is a major purchase, extension tubes are a very affordable option. They are ideal if you are just starting out or rarely do this type of photography. They allow you to turn any of the lenses you already own into a "mock macro". They don't offer the advantages of professional lenses, but they allow you to focus closer and recreate the "magnifying glass" effect you are looking for. This is a good starting point to get familiar with and open up to new possibilities!
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