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Macro tips and resources for beginners

Today we have 5 very interesting and informative videos on macro photography, as well as links to other resources that you might find useful in your journey to become a macro photography expert! But first let’s begin with a definition of the term from Wikipedia:

Macro photography, invented by Fritz Goro, and is extreme close-up photography, usually of very small subjects, in which the size of the subject in the photograph is greater than life size (though macrophotography technically refers to the art of making very large photographs). By some definitions, a macro photograph is one in which the size of the subject on the negative or image sensor is life size or greater. However in other uses it refers to a finished photograph of a subject at greater than life size.

The ratio of the subject size on the film plane (or sensor plane) to the actual subject size is known as the reproduction ratio. Likewise, a macro lens is classically a lens capable of reproduction ratios greater than 1:1, although it often refers to any lens with a large reproduction ratio, despite rarely exceeding 1:1.

Apart from technical photography and film-based processes, where the size of the image on the negative or image sensor is the subject of discussion, the finished print or on-screen image more commonly lends a photograph its macro status. For example, when producing a 6×4 inch (15×10 cm) print using 135 format film or sensor, a life-size result is possible with a lens having only a 1:4 reproduction ratio.

Reproduction ratios much greater than 1:1 are considered to be photomicrography, often achieved with digital microscope (photomicrography should not be confused with microphotography, the art of making very small photographs, such as for microforms).

Due to advances in sensor technology, today’s small-sensor digital cameras can rival the macro capabilities of a DSLR with a “true” macro lens, despite having a lower reproduction ratio, making macro photography more widely accessible at a lower cost. In the digital age, a “true” macro photograph can be more practically defined as a photograph with a vertical subject height of 24 mm or less.

So lets get started! If you are an advanced macro photographer you might still find something useful info in these videos, and of course don’t hesitate to comment on with your tips and techniques!

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1. Macro Photography Tips For Beginners

This is a quick introductory lesson to macro photography and should help beginners get started with a few useful tips and tricks. Enjoy! Brought to you by:

2. Macro Photography Techniques – Digital Photography 1 on 1 – Macro Photography Techniques and Tips – In this episode number 31, Mark will show you how to take those up close photos! Macro photography techniques allow unique opportunities to produce creative and dramatic photos and Mark shows us a couple examples.

3. Beginners Guide to Lenses — Part 4: Macro Lenses

Presentation of macro lenses

4. quick video 4, macro photography trick

Use a couple of your existing lenses to create a super macro lens.

5. Canon EOS – Macro Photography Tutorial with Jackie Ranken

Learn how to take close up photographs with EOS Master, professional photographer and teacher, Jackie Ranken. Jackie talks about macro photography and using a macro lens creatively, as well as her EOS Photo5 2010 brief. Join in, find the inspiration for your photography and share at

I hope  enjoyed the videos! See you next time!

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Canon Macro Lenses

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Nikon Macro Lenses


Article publié pour la première fois le 30/10/2013


This article really helped me start macro photography, and I've actually gotten pretty good at it. If you are a beginner, try reading this article: macro photography ideas