Getting those extremely close-up, macro photographs can at once be a challenge and a hell of a lot of fun for the everyday photographer. While’s it’s usually pretty funny getting a closer look at those things the human eye can’t normally see, the results are only going to get better if one’s macro shots are actually good. To that end, DigitalCameraReview has put together a guide for all the point-and-shooters out there that are looking to up their macro skillset.
Getting a full-on macro lens is definitely the best way to go for those who care solely about getting the best shot possible. These cameras come with superior quality and impressive zoom capabilities, letting users get very up close and personal with their subjects. Unfortunately, they can get pretty expensive too. So for those who don’t want to break the bank, DCR recommends opting for either a micro magnifier adapter or extension tubes that won’t cost as much, and will still offer decent zoom and image quality. Either way, though, users will have to make sure their lenses are consistently clean, as scuffing up the camera can destroy any chance a shooter has a getting top-quality results.
Some macro lens cameras come with built-in optical stabilization, helping to keep images steady and sans blur even without a stand. Those who don’t pony up for one of those fellas, though, should make sure they find a sturdy tripod on which to hold their cameras, one that preferably has a ball head for turning the camera to precise angles.
Other tips include setting the subject up against a solid white, grey, or black background for maximum quality, using a lightbox and/or paper background, and making sure to use photo editing software like Adobe Lightroom to get the most out of one’s images even after they’ve been shot. But to get all of DigitalCameraReview’s helpful tips, be sure to check out its complete How To guide for making macro photography easy.