Do you know macro photography? This is a photography technique that consists of enlarging the subject as much as possible. The goal? Being able to appreciate the – often sublime – details offered by Mother Nature. In short, photographing the infinitely small. With this method, it is in fact possible to contemplate closely the petals of a flower or the wings of a butterfly. If you want to indulge in this oh so pleasant activity, know that your simple smartphone can be enough. No need to invest in expensive equipment! Provided, however, that you follow the few tips that follow.
1. Aim for stability
When it comes to macro photography, stability should be the #1 priority. And for good reason, if you were to move, even imperceptibly, it would be blurry guaranteed. For this reason, we still advise you toinvest in a tripod on which you can stabilize your smartphone.
It is not necessary to choose equipment worthy of a professional photographer, a mini tripod will be more than enough and much less bulky. Make sure it can be tilted though. so that you can orient your device freely towards the subject of your photo.
2. Focus on focus
Taking macro photos means having a particularly shallow depth of field. In fact, for improve image quality and thus achieve a perfectly clear result, and it is essential to take the time to focus.
To do this, it’s simple, just choose the desired magnification ratio on the smartphone, then look for the ideal point of sharpness. How ? Moving forward and backward several times, as slowly as possible, until you get the desired result.
3. Pay attention to the background
Even though the subject is the most important part of your photography, the background should never be overlooked. On the contrary, the whole must be harmonious visually. In macro photography, it is particularly common to play on the blur obtained in the background to bring out the subject. But beware, it takes practice!
Either way, if you think you’ve taken the picture of the year but the background isn’t up to par, don’t panic! Indeed, it is possible to remove the background of an image. In a few clicks, you can therefore readjust the shot and obtain a photograph that may be less natural but all the more original.
Good to know : if you like nature, do not destroy it on the pretext that it would serve your photography. If the presence of a plant bothers you, for example, there is no question of pulling it out. Prefer to shift your angle of view.
4. Pay attention to the wind
Sworn enemy of the macro photographer, the wind can indeed ruin your photo shoot. If it keeps moving your camera or the subjects to be photographed, it may be complicated. To avoid losing patience, remember to check the presence of wind before going out into the countryside to take your photos.
5. Position yourself at the height of the subject
For optimal rendering, it is not recommended to photograph the subject from above. Prefer to put yourself at the height of what you photograph.
6. Prioritize natural light
Macro photography is preferably done in broad daylight for the simple reason that natural light is the most suitable for this type of photography. With bad light, camera shake is likely to be more pronounced. In addition, focusing will be less easy to do.
7. Use portrait mode
With a smartphone, this is the basis for being able to obtain beautiful macro photos. All smartphones are now equipped with a portrait mode. So you just have to activate it and then set the depth.
The advantage? Portrait mode automatically applies digital blur around the focus area. Enough to obtain a more than satisfactory result!
8. Do not hesitate to retouch your photos
Smartphones now offer to manually apply adjustments to the photos taken. So, don’t deprive yourself ofincrease the brightness, the contrasts or even the sharpness of the image. The result will only be more beautiful!
9. Be (very) patient
If you are not patient by nature, you will learn to become so by starting macro photography. The reason ? Besides the wind, the small animals that inhabit our beautiful planet and that you would like to photograph do not always agree. Indeed, it is more likely that the butterfly on which you have fixed your attention for several minutes suddenly flies away rather than remaining in place to strike a pose until you get THE perfect photo.
For this reason, you will not only have to be patient to get beautiful images, but also be discreet. As you will have understood, it is important not to frighten the moving subjects of your photographs!