1. Choose the Best Lens Option

The focal length of Macro lenses ranges from 50mm to 200mm. Although many zoom lenses boast a macro setting, these are usually less than half life-size magnification – true macro, however, begins with 1:1 and nothing less. A 50-60mm lens is suitable for general macro work but if you want greater subject-to-lens distance a 100mm lens will give you this at a price. For creatures like butterflies and dragonflies, lens-to-subject distance becomes even more important so focal length needs to be greater. The 150-200mm range is the most expensive, but you will appreciate the extra power when stalking flighty subjects like this Gatekeeper butterfly.

WDC Top 12 Tips for Macro Photography - Gatekeeper Butterfly

 Gatekeeper butterfly. Nikon D200, Nikon 200mm macro lens. 1/160sec @ f/8, ISO 100.

  1. 1. 1. Choose the Best Lens Option
  2. 2. Top 12 Tips for Macro Photography - Make a Standard Zoom Focus Closer
  3. 3. Top 12 Tips for Macro Photography - Add a Dioptre to Make a Lens Focus Closer
  4. 4. Top 12 Tips for Macro Photography - Use Apertures to Control Depth of Field
  5. 5. Top 12 Tips for Macro Photography - Blend Flash with Ambient
  6. 6. Top 12 Tips for Macro Photography - Use a Third Hand
  7. 7. Top 12 Tips for Macro Photography - Fine-tune Macro Pattern Compositions
  8. 8. Top 12 Tips for Macro Photography - Point of Focus
  9. 9. Top 12 Tips for Macro Photography - Check LCD Panel
  10. 10. Top 12 Tips for Macro Photography - Raindrops
  11. 11. Top 12 Tips for Macro Photography - Backgrounds
  12. 12. Top 12 Tips for Macro Photography - Butterflies
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  • Violette

    Hi guys i have done a sef portrait that was a but more tirkcy check it out:fotocommunity.de/pc/pc/mypics/1579600/display/22125218I used a nikon D700 it was set to continues focus however not in self timer but in interval mode! and set to take a shot every 20 seconds. that way i made sure i would get one nice action shoot of me playing the drums.cheers from berlin germany!

  • Matt W

    Very helpful article, especially as I’m only a beginner, great tips. Thank you.

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  • santhosh

    nise i want to take like this so can you please give tips for macro photography

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  • scotty

    Very useful

  • Tommy

    Thank you! There should be more experts sharing their knowledge like this.

  • Dr.John K.John

    Outstanding article with excellent photos clearly demonstrating the idea. I had been trying to improve quality of macro photos and this article helped me tremendously.
    Thanks a lot.

  • paul giddins

    this artical was very helpfull as i am only a beginner the more like this the better thankyou.

  • steve

    Are you able to show the difference in quality of two image; One with close up filter and the other shot with a macro lens. I am just not too sure if I want to waste my money on something like a cheap fix when I’ll end up saving up for the real thing.