A good macro lens will open up a whole new world of photography
Macro lenses specialise in close up photography and are geared to enable you to focus closer on a 1:1 scale. Bear in mind that when shooting macro, the depth of field (amount in focus) diminishes severely regardless of aperture making focussing difficult. I would seriously recommend using a tripod and manual focus for macro work.
Many lenses these days have a macro “feature” which will allow you to get relatively close but for true macro work, you need a dedicated macro lens.
This is illustrated with the following two images of my fake Rolex (which has been working non stop for about 2 years by the way). The first was taken at the maximum macro end (closest possible focussing distance) of the Canon EF 24-70mm lens set to 70mm…
…and this second shot was the closest I could get using a dedicated macro lens, the Sigma 105mm 2.8 macro…
See the difference? It is huge and well worth investing in a dedicated macro lens for close up work…it opens up a whole new world!
The best way to shoot macro is to prepare, try setting up a temporary studio using either full studio lights or just a bounced flash. Find an array of interesting subjects to shoot and build a small table top studio for practice.
There are some fantastic and fun bits of kit available at Amazon that are worth looking at for macro work.
Once you have it set up it is simple, you just need to replace the subject and away you go, as long as it isn’t fast moving. Remember to practice manual focusing, it will make your life a lot easier.
Macro is great fun and I would recommend getting hold of a true macro lens at some point, it literally opens up a whole new world of photography. Once you get proficient at it, you can get out and about in the woods, fields, rivers…anywhere there is anything, there is macro photography to be had.
Closest “Macro” Shot Using 70-200mm Lens
Closest “True” Macro Shot Using 105mm Macro Lens
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