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Photography tips: How to take a close-up/macro shot

Fat Mum Slim /

This might be the easiest and most fun photography technique you can try, so I’m excited to be sharing a little experiment I did earlier today. Hopefully you’ll pick up some photography tips, particularly on how you might like to achieve a macro shot.

The prompt for Photo A Day today was close-up, so loads of people were experimenting with the technique. I had a red hot go with it, on my phone and with my camera. Here’s the different results I achieved. I’ve purposely not edited any of the photos, so you can see exactly what they look like straight out of the camera.

Photography tips: How to take a close-up/macro shot

Straight out of camera / iPhone 6 Plus

This is taken with my phone. I got as close to the flower as possible, clicking on the screen for it to focus. It’s not as sharp as I would have liked, but you can still see the outline of the petals, and the bright colour.

Photography tips: How to take a close-up/macro shot

Straight out of camera / f2.8 / 21mm / Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II

The lens I use everyday for my camera is the 12-40mm/2.8 and I’m loving. It’s really versatile and suits my photography style. For this shot I got in as close as I could {it’s not a macro lens}, and focused on a petal and snapped the photo. I didn’t need a super steady hand, and it seemed to work well. I quite love this photo.

FYI: If you wanted to see what an actual macro lens for the camera can do, I shared in this post.

Photography tips: How to take a close-up/macro shot

Straight out of camera / f2.2 / 45mm / Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II

This is using my second favourite lens {yes, I play favourites} the 1.8/45mm. This was as close as the lens would let me go. I still think it captured the flower beautifully at that distance.

Photography tips: How to take a close-up/macro shot

Straight out of camera / iPhone 6 Plus / Olloclip Macro / 21x

Olloclip makes lenses that you can put onto your phone. They do various types but for this one I  used their macro lens. The macro clip comes with 3 lenses in the one clip. This is using the 21x lens. This one is particularly sensitive to movement, so I recommend using a tripod. I used one for this shot, but would love to experiment more to get a sharper photo.

Photography tips: How to take a close-up/macro shot

Straight out of camera / iPhone 6 Plus / Olloclip Macro / 14x

The 14x lens didn’t require as much of a steady hand, although it helps. You can see the beautiful crisp details, and the veins in the petals.

Photography tips: How to take a close-up/macro shot

Straight out of camera / iPhone 6 Plus / Olloclip Macro / 7x

The 7x lens gives less macro details and more of the whole flower, but still beautiful, don’t you think?


So there you go. There are a few different techniques for shooting macro or close-up. You can get the Olloclip from here. You can also read more about the Olympus camera here.

Have you played around with the macro technique?

 

I was sent the Olloclip macro lens for my editorial consideration.

 

@Fatmumslim