Basic Tips Of Shooting Nature With A Macro Lens

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Aside from patience and a steady hand, the two most important keys to shooting a small subject with a Macro lens are using proper lighting and composition. Unlike traditional macro lenses, the Moment Macro lens isn't a gargantuan piece of glass that you have to carry around with you in order to get those tiny details and other worldly effects. Instead, this Moment lens is the smallest and most compact one we've made yet but, don't let the size full you. Our Moment Macro is one of our sharpest lenses and helps you capture more than meets the eye. Here are some useful tips for shooting nature with this small but powerful lens:




ADDING BACKLIGHT


Photographing a leaf is a lot of fun, especially if you can add some backlight to bring out the details. This means putting the leaf between your lens and the light source. If you are shooting outside, hold the leaf up to the sun to see how the veins really stand out. Select a thin leaf to shoot because the thinner the leaf is, the more light that will come through.  If you are shooting indoors or at night, use a bright, artificial light, such as a headlamp or flashlight. The more dramatic the light source is, the more unique the image will be.

– Jeff Marsh


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USING BURST MODE


What I love most about macro photography is it’s ability to unlock a new kind of beauty, no matter where you are. Which means you must re-train your eye to see differently. Regular lenses have us focusing on the bigger picture… landscapes, people, etc. But macro, is about imagining and entirely different world right beneath your nose.

A trick I learned to combat the extremely shallow depth-of-field that the Macro presents is to hold down the shutter down in the native app to activate burst mode of 10 frames per second. This ensures I’ll capture perfect, ‘tack sharp’ shots as the camera/subject distance fluctuates ever so slightly.

– Austin Mann


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USING FOCUS POINTS


With the range of focus on the Macro lens the distance from your subject is an important creative decision. The diffuser hood can serve as a good guide as it’s set up to be perfectly in the middle of the focal range. When you’re first starting out it’s helpful to stabilize your lens either with a tripod or by resting the hood against your subject.

When you remove the diffuser you have more room for creativity, but focusing can be more difficult. One helpful process is to first select a focus point, then experiment with small movements closer or farther from the subject to adjust focus. Another tip is to take a quick burst of photos while slowly adjusting your distance from your subject, then compare sharpness in the gallery and save your favorites.

– Andrew Stoner


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SHOOTING UPSIDE DOWN


I like to remove the diffuser hood when shooting with the macro lens so I can shoot with my phone upside down which allows me to shoot from an angle that would otherwise be awkward or unachievable. This gives the image more depth and also lets me get even closer to the subject for even more unique perspectives.

– Erica Simas


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