Flower and Ladybug Macro

With the weather getting warmer and the days getting longer, many of us are finding ourselves back in our gardens. Taking strolls in parks and nature reserves, enjoying the beauty of the flowers all in bloom. With this comes the insects; spiders, bees, beetles, and beautiful butterflies. Have you ever tried to get up-close with the camera on your phone, and your creepy crawly insect is blurry? This is where a macro lens and macro photography are the way forward.

Macro Photography can open up a whole new world! Looking at the magnified beauty of leaves, plants, insects, and small animals and immersing yourself. In their natural world, we guarantee you will not be disappointed.

Details count! It may take some practice and research to achieve the results you’re after in terms of composition, subject, and lighting, so we will give you a few tips.

Lighting

The best lighting is on those bright yet overcast days to capture the vibrant colours of flowers and those gorgeous butterfly wings. And here’s why – sunny, cloudy days are perfect because the brightness will mean you can use a fast shutter speed to capture those busy bees going about their daily routines in sharp focus. And having clouds in the sky will act as a natural diffuser for your camera so that you won’t have any sharp-looking shadows in your photos.

Composition

Never be afraid to experiment with angles! Put yourself in a bug’s shoes and capture the flowers from the ground with the sun leaking through the petals (great idea, huh?). When shooting insects or small animals, make sure the eyes of the subject are in focus so they are clear and crisp. Don’t lose hope if your subject moves, scurries, or flies away; it will take practice and patience!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Tripods are your friend

Tripods are an essential piece of kit when it comes to macro photography. Whether you decide to get a tripod with a reversible head so that your camera can face down to the ground. Spread the legs of the tripod to a nearly horizontal position therefore you can take photos at ground level. Tripods will keep your camera sturdy for those fast capture moments.

Wessex Photo has numerous lenses, tripods, and other camera equipment that can help you capture those maco photos you’ve always dreamed of taking. Whether you’re a novice photographer or an expert. We have products to suit all budgets, so why not look at our shop or come and visit one of our branches. See how our team can help you find the right equipment for your macro photography.