Macro photography allows the ability to capture an image of something that might not be easily visible to the naked eye. You are able to draw attention to something other people wouldn’t think twice about, like an insect or the textures of fabric. Macro photography is popular because with the right tools, it is an easily accessible form of photography, and is broad enough that many topics and themes fit under this category.
Using a digital camera, shooting macro photography has been made easy.
“The best macro photography — regardless of camera — requires that you use the smallest lens aperture to gain optimum image sharpness and depth of field,” Barrie Smith of Digital Photography School said.
When using a small lens aperture, more light is needed, so using a lower ISO or extending the shutter speed is recommended.
In some cases, a larger working distance is needed, like with shooting animals or insects that may be disturbed. Spencer Cox of Photography Life recommends the Nikon 200mm f/4 and the Canon 180mm f/3.5 as cameras with larger working distances.
“If your setup has a minimum focusing distance of ten inches, and your camera/lens combo is eight inches long, then your working distance is two inches,” he said.