GET CREATIVE WITH YOUR MACRO PHOTOGRAPHY
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1. Get Close to Detail
UNCOVER THE UNSEEN PATTERNS FOUND IN EVERYDAY OBJECTS
Macro photography is all about capturing the things that would normally be imperceptible to the human eye. Filling your frame with a texture’s concealed shapes and patterns is a great basis for a strong graphic image.
CHOOSE THE RIGHT LENS
A true macro lens is capable of a 1:1 magnification ratio or greater. This means if a subject is 10mm square in size, its projection onto the camera’s sensor at its closest focus distance will take up a life-size 10mm square area also. When shooting with high sensor resolutions like the 20.4 megapixels of the OM-D E-M1 Mark II this results in extremely detailed files, where tiny sections of an object can be displayed at a monstrous size.
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Image by Frank Rückert
2. Have Fun with Figurines
CONSTRUCT YOUR OWN MACRO SCENES USING MINIATURES
Not every macro creation has to be removed of narrative and context. Why not embrace humour and try building a Lilliputian world populated by its own cast of matchbox-sized models for a light-hearted photo series?
BUILD A SCENE
One of the best aspects of macro photography is that you can try your hand at it just about anywhere, and with any subject matter you can imagine. The dining room table or garden patio are the ideal workspaces for producing macro masterpieces.
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3. Create an Arty Abstract
EMPHASISE A SUBJECT’S INTRICACY IN A PRINT-WORTHY IMAGE
Translucent and perforated subjects offer the opportunity to experiment with illumination and colour in your images. The delicate beauty of a skeletal leaf could be the ideal focus for a modern art photo deserving of a place on your wall.
PLAY WITH COLOUR & LIGHT
The shallow depths-of-field that are produced by the close focus distances required for macro photography mean that the background behind a subject quickly becomes blurred. Alongside the wide apertures of the M.Zuiko 60mm F2.8 and M.Zuiko 30mm F3.5 macro lenses you can use this creatively to produce some impressive illumination and colour effects that bring images to life.