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Learning how to do Macro Photography

Normally you would think that taking close of flowers should be pretty simple correct? I mean really, you aim the camera and shoot. Well, learning to capture just the right angle, and/or the true essence of a flower is not as easy as it may seem. At least it is not for me. When I use to go shooting, I would snap a lot of pictures not really understanding composition, lighting (which I still don't) and so on. I seen something interesting and took the picture.

At that time I shot a lot but only ended up keeping a less than half. Now with my new camera it is even less. I took over fifty shots of "The Rose" before I seen one that felt like I captured something in the flower (I call it the flowers essence). I am sure the lighting may be wrong or something else to a professional photographer, but for me it looks pretty good.

I am currently trying to teach myself how to use a Nikon D1000 camera. Compared to my Fuji S1000 it is a lot harder. There is a huge difference between the quality of the Nikon pictures compared to the Fuji. When I took Macro photos with my Fuji it was just a matter of focusing on the flower at a close range and shooting. With the Nikon, I have a macro lens that goes onto the end of my regular lens. During this particular shooting, and trying to learn to take macros with my Nikon cost me about 87 pictures that all came out blurry.

At the time I was not sure why, but now I know and corrected the problem, at least I thought I did.


Red Rose

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Red Rose

Sometimes when I am taking pictures, they come out like this.  I have a few pictures where the back and front edges came out dark, which is okay by me because I like it.  But it is not something that I plan on.

There is something very unique about photographing a flower with water droplets on it.  I was watching a video of a photographer giving tips and one he gave was to carry a small spray bottle with water in it to mist the flowers.  Isn't this is simple yet very rewarding tip? 

I believe I started doing this last year (2010) when I was shooting a picture of a rose and wanted an old time look with water droplets on the flower.  So I misted the flower and although it came out pretty good, it was not as nature as actually snapping pictures of flowers after a light rain, or in the early morning when the dew is on the petals and leaves.  


Pink Flower

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Macro of a Pink Flower

Actually, this is another one of those photos that happened by accident, but I like how it turned out.  Even with the little blur in the very front.  Let me share with you what I learnt from taking this picture.

1.  I hold my breath when I take macro photos!  So a bit of advance:  BREATHE!!

2. Using the screw on macro cap I get too close to the flower and ended up getting pollen or water droplets on my cap.  Now, I wear glasses, I have been told that when you wear glasses you need to focus the camera and click the button half way down than totally refocus and snap the picture. When I tried doing this my pictures came out more blurry.  So I took my glasses off and focused and shot and a few pictures came out okay.  So if you wear glasses, try taking a picture both ways to find the one that works best for you.

3. Practice!  I mean really truly I am finding that the more I practice, the better my shots are.  Don't just take one picture and assume that is the one and move on.  Take several shots of the same angle.  You can delete all of the extra photos, but at least you have a better shot of capturing just the right picture if you have more to chose from.

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Sandyspider 5 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

Nice photography.


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jewelsofawe 5 years ago from Oregon

Glad you shared this. It helps me with my twin camera...


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WhiteOak 5 years ago from Georgia Author

Thanks Sandy! Glad it helps Patricia :0)


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WhiteOak 5 years ago from Georgia Author

Thank you nightbear-that means a lot to me!!


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Rosie2010 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

Hiya WhiteOak, this is awesome! I love taking pictures of flowers too and my favourite flower is rose. I love all your pictures and your tips are very useful. Thumbs up and awesome.

Have a nice day,

Rosie


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WhiteOak 5 years ago from Georgia Author

Thank you Rosie for visiting and leaving such a nice comment!! It is greatly appreciated.


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TheMonk 5 years ago from Brazil

You have a lot of talent. I liked the pictures a lot. I like to do macro too.


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WhiteOak 5 years ago from Georgia Author

Thank you so much TheMonk, you do not know how much I appreciate your comment.


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Eileen Goodall 4 years ago from Buckinghamshire, England

These are stunning, I've only just started doing macro but I love it already.


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PennyCarey 4 years ago from Felton

Your photo's are very pretty. :)


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WhiteOak 4 years ago from Georgia Author

Thank you so much Penny! Eileen, you will fall in love with doing macro photography, it is amazing work to do it.


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RhondaHumphreys1 4 years ago from Michigan

Great hub. And honestly until I read this hub I thought you were a professional photographer. Your photos on Redgage are beautiful. Voted up and useful


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WhiteOak 4 years ago from Georgia Author

Aw, thank you Rhonda-when I wrote this page I did consider myself an Amateur. Truly though, compared to many photographers, I have so much to learn so in a sense I am still an amateur. Thank you for your comment and visiting, I greatly appreciate it.


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christin53 4 years ago from UK

I found this hub really useful as I am just learning how to photograph with macro. I love the red rose with the water droplets.


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WhiteOak 4 years ago from Georgia Author

Thank you for visiting Christin, the best advice is just go out there and photo the things you love. You will learn something new every time you do, especially doing Macro Photography.


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livewithrichard 4 years ago from Charleston, SC

Thanks for this hub. I really enjoy learning new techniques for taking photos. I haven't practiced much with macro as I mostly photograph people. I really liked the idea of carrying a spray bottle to get those droplets on the flowers. I'll give it a try.


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WhiteOak 4 years ago from Georgia Author

Thanks for stopping by livewithrichard, yep the spray bottle is a great idea. I use to do in the beginning now I just try to be at certain places at the right time to catch natural dew drops and rain drops. Either way makes beautiful photos. But tread lightly, I am hooked on photographing water droplets now :0)


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maggs224 4 years ago from Sunny Spain

Like you I love macro photography and nature I don't have an SLR but I have managed to get some shots that I am pleased with. Again like you I will take lots of photographs just so that I can end up with one or two that I am satisfied with.

That is why I love digital photography digital means I can go out and take hundreds of photographs come back home have a look at what I have taken recharge the battery and wipe the card clean and I am good to go again.

Thank you for sharing your tips :D


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WhiteOak 4 years ago from Georgia Author

I agree 100%, thanks so much for visiting and commenting.


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dawnella66 4 years ago from South Carolina

Once again, I learned something invaluable from an invaluable friend... :)


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WhiteOak 4 years ago from Georgia Author

Aww, thank you Dawn :-)


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AudreyHowitt 3 years ago from California

Just beautiful work!!


Joanne M Olivieri 3 years ago

Thanks for the info and your shots are stunning! I too love macro photography and have also found that different cameras do different things. Voted up!


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rebeccamealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

Your photography is awesome! I love taking close-ups like these. I did one the other day of a ladybug on a leaf. It turned out great, and I was just using an android phone camera! Thanks for sharung your work!


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mbgphoto 2 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

Like you I started out just snapping photos without really understanding what I was doing. The more I learn about photography the more I want to know. Thank you for all of your great articles.


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WhiteOak 2 years ago from Georgia Author

mbgphoto I truly believe that with any photography one of the key ingredients is noticing the beauty in nature that many people just pass by because they are so busy. Being able to capture that essence (to me) is a true gift...one that I know you have.

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