There are too many people interested in micro-photography, but people are also prone to fall into a misunderstanding that micro-photography is taking flowers and insects. In fact, the subject matter of micro-photography is very wide, you can play a large space, the essence of which is to create an interesting enlarged space in which to narrate your own story.
Droplet reflection microphotographyDroplet reflection microphotography
This kind of macrophotography is very interesting and relatively simple. In addition to cameras and macro lenses, you also need a tripod for composition and accurate focusing. A sprinkler used to make water droplets. A flower (or other object) serves as a background, as well as a tool for fixing the background object. This is the most basic equipment. Of course, there are other tools, such as reflector, flash and so on, depending on the situation.
Since macro is a delicate task, it is best to focus manually. Focus accurately but do not have too large aperture, otherwise you will only get a normal image in a small area, usually set at about f/11. Sometimes an aperture less than f/16 can even be used so that all or most of the objects are within the depth of field. When the subject can't be arranged on the same plane, you need to decide which part to focus on.
EOS 50D EF 60mm F2.8 Macro 1/30s ISO:200
In general, the use of 50-100mm micro-lens is recommended for still life of flowers and plants or small and medium-sized insects. Not only is the focal length of the lens appropriate, but also it is quite in line with the shooting needs of ordinary beginners. For example, EF 60mm F2.8 Macro and MP-E65mm F2.8 Macro.
EOS 60D EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro F2.8 Macro 1/30s ISO:200
If you find it troublesome, there is a relatively simple way: put the droplets on the glass plate, the background object under the glass plate, so that you can easily arrange the location of the droplets, and even let many droplets into a specific shape, such as heart shape and so on.
EOS 5D Mark II 150 mm 1/80 secs f/20 ISO/Film 125
However, it should be noted that the image seen through the refraction of water droplets is reversed.
Express your emotions in micro-distance
Some people think that micro-distance can only take some flowers and plants, in fact, this is quite one-sided. There is an advantage that other types of photography do not have, that is, the operability is very strong and the change is great. Because the scenes are small, you don't have to rely too much on the surrounding environment to create your own shooting scenes to complete many unexpected creative works. Through these scenes, you can convey your happiness, anger and joy, stay at home, and experience the pleasure of creation. This is why many people are so keen on micro photography, and these works, like don't wear to convey your inner feelings and thoughts, are very impressive. Some small daily necessities can create a funny but philosophical scene by changing and recombining them in a certain way. Without the limitations of the external environment, you have plenty of time to conceive experiments and light distribution to achieve the best shooting effect.
EOS 350D DIGITAL EF 50mm f/2.51 secs f/2.8 ISO/Film 100
Launch your thinking and give some props a moral.
EOS 6D EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro 100mm 1/80 secs f/2.8 ISO/Film 6400
Changing the shape of commonly used items usually has unexpected effects.
EOS 7D EF 60mm F2.8 Macro 1/30 secs f/2.8 ISO/Film 2800
Generally speaking, books are very good props, because this symbol will have a variety of directivity, with other props collocation can have a wealth of narrative methods, can express sadness, warmth and romance, small and fresh style is generally very appropriate.
Create your own storyCreate your own story
Of course, there is a higher-end way, you design a shape, let him play an ideal role in the world you build. This requires you to have a strong hands-on ability and modelling awareness to narrate your own story.
EOS 6D EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro 100mm 1/80 secs f/2.8 ISO/Film 1000
EOS 6D EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro 100mm 1/30 secs f/2.8 ISO/Film 500
Usually this kind of subject is very popular, you can even make your story continue and make a series of works.
EOS 5D Mark II EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro 1/2500 secs f/4 ISO/Film 2000
Two matches, two dices, these common props can also be a sharp tool for your creation.
Color matchingColor matching
Colour matching is very important in macrophotography, because the essence of macrophotography is fine, it enlarges every detail method and builds a picture that we usually can not experience. The simpler the background of still life is, the more prominent the shape of the subject is. Generally speaking, lighter colors are best matched with dark backgrounds. Dark colors are suitable for light backgrounds. Colour matching can be contrastive or harmonious. When shooting at home or in the office, it is best to find some pure-tone objects as background, a magazine cover, a single-tone cloth, a chair, and sometimes even a black screen of a computer. To fully mobilize the things around you, pay attention to the details of the collocation. If you want to shoot lively macro works, it's a good choice to enlarge the color contrast, but remember which part is your visual center, otherwise the protagonist is robbed, and the result is the opposite.
EOS 7D EF 180mm f/3.5 L USM 180mm 1/13 secs f/13 ISO/Film 200
Usually red and green is a good choice, suitable for shooting works with strong visual impact. The contrast between red and green is large and close to complementarity. The difference of random colors makes the audience's attention quickly focus on the visual focus of insect microphotography - eyes. When shooting dynamic insects or other sensitive organisms, it is better to choose long focal length micro-lens. For example, 100-200 mm tele-lens is quite suitable. It can easily capture the required image without disturbing insects. For example, EF 100mm F2.8 Macro, EF 180mm F3.5LU Macro. In order to shoot soft and quiet works, color matching should be unified.
EOS 60D EF 100mm F2.8 Macro 100mm 1/1000 secs f/2.8 ISO/Film 100
The harmony and unity of subject and background color give people a sense of gentleness. In addition, there is a contrast between light and shade, it will give people the same feeling, but also with a sense of mystery.
EOS 5D Mark II EF 100mm F2.8 Macro 100mm 1/80 secs f/13 ISO/Film 2500
Photography is an artistic creation activity. It is important to break down the inherent ideas and techniques on the basis of inheritance. It is impermanent for soldiers and water to be impermanent. Therefore, it is very important to use the brain to think when shooting. Even seemingly simple macro photography can give you full play to your creative thinking. In short, pick up the camera and take pictures of your own small world.