Here are a few quick simple trick photography techniques to help you get started with macro photography. If you spend some time looking around online, you will find a bunch of info, but most of the stuff out there is pretty complicated and calls for special equipment.
What we’ll be taking pictures of is water droplets, so that will be the focus of these photography techniques, but the lessons you learn can be used as for general macro photo tips too. Here’s what you’ll need to get started:
– A Digital SLR Camera
– An External Flash or Speedlite
– A Macro Lens or Lens with Decent Macro Abilities
A tripod would also be a really good thing to have, but it/s not essential.
Ok, let’s talk about the settings..
It’ll work fine to set your flash on ETTL and you camera on the automatic setting, but if you want more freedom you’ll want to try something else. First put your flash into manual mode and then choose the lowest power you can (this will probably be 1/64). I learnt when I started to learn photography that this makes the flash fire the shortest burst of light that it can, and this helps to freeze your subject better.
You should set your camera to aperture priority mode and select a moderate f-stop (say something around 5).
Now for the setup.. and this is where the real trick photography magic happens. You want to set your camera as close to the subject as your lens will allow. If you don’t have a real macro lens, you will have to set it a bit further back. Since your subject (a water droplet) will be moving, but always in a plane that is the same distance from the camera, using manual focus will be easier than automatic in this case. You will of course want to focus so that the water drop is in focus.
If you have a tripod the setup will be much easier, but either way you will need to rig things up so that the camera is close to your water source, which will probably be in your sink.
The next thing to do is to turn on your continuos shooting mode. Since you’re shooting a moving subject the timing will be pretty tough, so a lot of your shots won’t turn out, and that’s ok.
Once you have a result that you’re happy with you can play around with adding colours to the background. Even things like post-it notes and plastic bags can give cool effects so feel free to experiment a bit and see what you can come up with.
Here’s an example of what your shot could look like..
Hope you enjoyed these trick photography ideas and can make use of the trick photography techniques. Happy shooting.