I began my macro journey (obsession) last summer.
I always felt like I was getting generic, uninteresting photographs so I developed these tips.
Now, I often find myself going on “Macro Hunts” throughout the week seeing what I can discover.
1. Look around
Often we go for the low hanging fruit – the flowers, the grass, ladybugs – but when you get down on their level, new bugs and special gems begin to appear. I moved a flower tub and found a large frog underneath. I moved a pot of mint and found a snake (I cannot say I really recommend that experience).
2. Be ready
I keep my macro lens nearby on the mantle. I can’t tell you how many times I have run back inside in a hurry after spotting something. Sometimes I come back to find it gone, sometimes it is still there and I score a shot!
3. Be patient
Sometimes the best shots don’t always reveal themselves at first. You can look high and low and not find anything. But sometimes, you need to wait it out. Often times the best finds appear right as I am putting my lens cap on to come inside.
4. Check often
Check back often so you don’t miss out on any visitors. Not only do some subjects show more activity during different times of day, but the lighting changes too.
5. Grow it
Why not plant some pretty flowers or plants in your yard; find out what grows well in your area. Some of my favorites are African Daisies and Echinacea as they are beautiful and low maintenance. You can grow beautiful sunflowers for just a few cents a seed, or plan a trip to the nursery. You can also plant host plants for local butterflies and caterpillars. While my husband doesn’t love the garden pests, I don’t mind sharing some dill in exchange for the colorful subjects to shoot. I have milkweed, dill, and grapes in the garden and the caterpillars I encounter are spectacular.