5 Inspiring ways to create gorgeous macro photography

  • The weather is finally warming up for many of us and we can get outside, enjoy some sunshine, and look for blooms and signs of new life. Here are a few of my favorite tips and tricks for macro photography!

5 Inspiring ways to create gorgeous macro photography

Above photo by Humera Aaqib

Spring is such a perfect time to practice macro photography!

The weather is finally warming up for many of us and we can get outside, enjoy some sunshine, and look for blooms and signs of new life.

Here are a few of my favorite tips and tricks for macro photography, along with gorgeous illustrative images from the fabulous alumni of my Art of Macro Photography workshop.

1. Keep your eyes open.

My favorite tip may be the most obvious but it’s worth stating. When shooting macro, always keep your eyes open for new opportunities and subjects.

This is a time to really slow down and take in all the beauty in the tiny details around you. You may have an idea of what you want to capture when you set-out to shoot, but sometimes the most interesting and exciting photo opportunities come from the most spontaneous subjects!

If you are open-minded, keep observing, and stay curious, you will be amazed at what you may find.

The weather is finally warming up for many of us and we can get outside, enjoy some sunshine, and look for blooms and signs of new life. Here are a few of my favorite tips and tricks for macro photography!
Photo by Brandie Koch
The weather is finally warming up for many of us and we can get outside, enjoy some sunshine, and look for blooms and signs of new life. Here are a few of my favorite tips and tricks for macro photography!
Photo by Elizabeth Partin

2. Pay attention to your background.

This could mean making sure you have a simple background without distractions or it could mean finding or creating a really interesting and beautiful background. The point is that it isn’t just your subject that makes the image work.

Take the time to decide if the background adds visual interest to your photograph or if it is distracting from your intended subject. Don’t be afraid to move things to new locations. The background can totally make or break your image!

The weather is finally warming up for many of us and we can get outside, enjoy some sunshine, and look for blooms and signs of new life. Here are a few of my favorite tips and tricks for macro photography!
Photo by Erika Mobley

3. Experiment with color.

Utilizing color theory is one of the best ways to add interest to your macro images. Consider how the combinations of colors in your photograph will work together to create something beautiful and interesting.

I love to think about how my background color will look with my subject color. Complementary color and monochromatic color schemes are a couple of my favorite options for macro photography.

Related: 8 Ways to spice up a boring macro photograph

The weather is finally warming up for many of us and we can get outside, enjoy some sunshine, and look for blooms and signs of new life. Here are a few of my favorite tips and tricks for macro photography!
Photo by Kelly King Cormier

4. Shoot the unexpected.

You will be amazed at how macro photography can make mundane objects, or even dead foliage, seem utterly exquisite. The joy of macro photography is that it gives us a glimpse of things that aren’t readily visible to the naked eye.

Don’t limit yourself to obvious subjects like flowers. Sometimes the things that we might consider to be “ugly” are the subjects that are the most fascinating up close.

The weather is finally warming up for many of us and we can get outside, enjoy some sunshine, and look for blooms and signs of new life. Here are a few of my favorite tips and tricks for macro photography!
Photo by Julie Pease
The weather is finally warming up for many of us and we can get outside, enjoy some sunshine, and look for blooms and signs of new life. Here are a few of my favorite tips and tricks for macro photography!
Photo by Kate Luber

5. Change your perspective.

I don’t use a tripod for macro photography because I want to be able to move around and shoot from all different angles. Shoot from above, below and to the side of your subject. Observe how the light and background changes as you move around and see if you find something that works.

Try to think outside of the box and shoot from new perspectives and angles.

The weather is finally warming up for many of us and we can get outside, enjoy some sunshine, and look for blooms and signs of new life. Here are a few of my favorite tips and tricks for macro photography!
Photo by Beth Mosher
The weather is finally warming up for many of us and we can get outside, enjoy some sunshine, and look for blooms and signs of new life. Here are a few of my favorite tips and tricks for macro photography!
Photo by Anne Wood Bryant

Now get out and dust off your macro lens!

If you’d like to learn more, The Art of Macro Photography workshop begins on June 18th!

About the Author:

Tiffany is a portrait and fine art macro photographer who lives near Atlanta GA with her amazing husband, two adorable daughters, and one loyal rescue pup. She loves finding beauty in the mundane and capturing little details. Visit Tiffany Kelly online.
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4 Comments

  1. Christopher Hall Jun 06 2018 at 1:17 am - Reply

    I have just bought myself a fun camera (the work ones are a bit heavy to take everywhere) and i am really enjoying the macro mode. I wanted to add a little bit of fun back and this is really doing the trick and making me pay attention to the detail.

  2. Nicki Burnett Jun 22 2018 at 2:31 pm - Reply

    What is the best lense to use for macro photography and Purchase for a Canon 750d. I love macro photography but don’t know anything about it.

    • Tiffany Jun 22 2018 at 3:04 pm - Reply

      Hi Nicki! The best lens really depends on your budget and what you want to shoot… the Canon 100mm is great from what I’ve heard. I love the lensbaby velvet personally. Tamron and Sigma also make great lenses! I teach the macro class at Click Photo School if you’re interested in learning more! I also have a few other tutorials such as this one: https://www.clickinmoms.com/blog/5-macro-photography-mistakes-youre-making/

  3. Iris Jun 23 2018 at 10:27 am - Reply

    Great tips, Tiffany. Paying attention to the background is one the things I have learned the hard way.

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