Which topics in Macro Photography

The nice and useful thing about macro photography is the actual location independence. It doesn’t matter where you are, you can find subjects everywhere to shoot in macro. In this part, the second part about macro photography, I will talk about which subjects you can photograph in macro. I will certainly not be complete and that is not my intention. This will be a starting point in your search for motifs that you can photograph in macro. In the future I will elaborate on the different places. But let’s start close to home.


In the garden or roof terrace

Lavender BumbleBeeA frequently chosen starting point in macro photography is the garden or roof terrace for those who do not own a garden. Many novice macro photographers start taking pictures of flowers. When photographing flowers in your garden, do this from different sides, spaced positions. In macro photography it often happens that you cannot clearly see what this is exactly with a photo. By taking different photos you show more of your subject and get more perspective. In your garden you will find many different BlaasBloemBannermotifs to photograph, much more than the different flowers and plants you have in your garden. Seeds of plants and trees sometimes also provide beautiful macro motifs outdoors. Think of a sprouting seed or the fluff of dandelion or thistle. Always a nice subject to photograph.DSC_0139

Another obvious motif is the bugs that live in your yard. Depending on the time and lens, different insects are easy to catch in your camera, even for the novice (macro) photographer. Beetles are fairly easy to catch on your sensor. Which does not mean that it is not obvious that you take a good photo. I’m talking about composition, depth of field and the like another time.DSC_0139

An insect that usually can be photographed well is the butterfly. In many cases, the distance between you and the butterfly plays a role here. You get too close. Then the butterfly is gone even before you can take a picture of it. It helps if you try to _CAR0867photograph butterflies in the morning. Insects need the warmth of the sun to be more active. So if it is still a bit chilly outside you have a good chance to photograph different  lying insects even if you have to get a little closer. Another way to get close to insects is to make an insect hotel. Here you can photograph the visitors in a fairly easy way. By making small wooded banks you can also provide shelter for smaller animals. Here you can take not only in macro but often also nice animal photos. Thice_Cristal_Grase same applies to hanging bird boxes, but these are also subjects for a different part.

What you can also photograph well in a garden, park or roof terrace are structures. Whether it is a wall, old leaves, fence, a stone or whatever. They often give beautiful structures that we often do not perceive with the naked eye.




In and around the house there are also countless possibilities for photographing in macro. I will show a number of possibilities, but your imagination has no limits. Let’s start in the kitchen. Cutlery is a nice subject. Take a closer look at the teeth of a fork. If you’re doing that cutlery, look at the foam in your sinks. This gives nice structures. Do you think it is too many bubbles? Try a bubble blower for children and Forkcapture it on the sensitive sensor.

You will probably also have a book, magazine or, if necessary, empty sheets of paper at home. This sometimes gives special motives. If you do have a book, open it and place a ring on the book. With a little fit and measuring, the shadows form the heart. _YTB2089A popular motif of wedding photographers, but also so much fun to do at home. What is also nice are photos of water and oil. They often give unique colorful motifs.

And speaking of water, how about dropping things in a container of water. That can really be anything, from ink to fruit and other Micro Water Drop on Grassmaterial, but make sure you focus your camera in advance on the place where you want to photograph.


Do you want to know more about macro photography. On the blog page of Pixpa.com is an interesting article that has recently had an update. Anisha Singh gives 12 tips to macro photographers on how to take better photos. Here is the link to the relevant article: Macro Photography – A Complete Guide. Enjoy the reading it take you approx 10 min.

I hope you have got an idea about the endless possibilities macro photography offers. Nevertheless, it is not the easiest branch of photography. But a branch for which you do not necessarily have to go far from home. In fact, you don’t have to infect your room.

I wish you all a lot of fun and good luck taking pictures. Put your photo photos on instagram with hastag #kerstenphoto then I can view them. Until next time.



I'm a photographer in the dutch 3 border region. I started photographing about 30 years ago as a student. At that time I shot a lot of sports, but I did also shot nature, macro and just pictures in the street with my second hand Praktica. Later on I got a Canon eos 1000fn and a eos 50e. Unfortuanally my gear got stolen. Nowadays I'm using a Nikon D7200 just for photographing. I also use a Lumix GX80 for street and some filming. Hope you like it.

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