Inspiration: Close Up Photography
Explore Your World, Closely.
The incredible thing about close up / macro photography is that you can find interesting subjects in just about anything, anywhere. Seemingly common objects in everyday life become super interesting when seen very close up. And the seemingly interesting things become that much more intriguing.
Right now is a great time (well, most every time is a great time!) to explore the world through a close up lens. New blooms and leaves are everywhere and insects are making their appearance. It’s a fresh new world out there, and the small things can become quite grand when magnified.
Below, we’ve put together some resources that will you learn how to capture great close up shots, as well as inspire your creativity and adventure! Be sure to scroll to the bottom for a photo gallery!
MACRO PHOTOGRAPHY CLASS: (click images to enlarge)
Join photographer and teacher Reid Thaler on an adventure in learning on Sunday, April 29th! In Reid’s class, you’ll learn different methods of shooting macro photographs, the trade offs that one method offers over others, as well as ways to address the challenges that macro photography presents. Some topics you’ll cover include magnification approaches and equipment, Macro techniques, using Manual focus, lighting, exposure and more!
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MACRO TIPS & TRICKS:
Our latest blog post is brought to you by Tamron’s Jenn Gidman and professional photographer, David Guy Maynard. The name of the blog post says it all: “How To: Take Macro Photos, No Matter Where You Are.”
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Also, here’s a great article on PetaPixel covering ’10 Macro Photo Tips for Beginners.’
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A FEW DESTINATIONS FOR MACRO PHOTOGRAPHY:
For many of us, it can be a challenge making time for our photography or finding inspiration. Therein lies the beauty of Macro photography: taking close-up shot offers unlimited opportunities near our homes, and often even at our home, to see the world in a way we’ve never seen it. Visit your local parks, take a stroll in your own yard, or even go to a zoo. All of these places offer so much for our eyes, and Macro takes it deeper. And, if you go at different times of year and pay a little bit of attention, you’ll come to learn so much more about plant life cycles and nature in general. Many folks we know even take the time to research their subjects, which leads to a greater respect for the subjects of our photography. Below is a short list of destination ideas for shooting the world close up:
- Pt. Reyes Seashore
- Marin Art & Garden Center
- Conservatory of Flowers – Golden Gate Park
- University of California Botanical Garden at Berkeley
- California Academy of Sciences
- California Nursery Historical Park in Fremont
- Ardenwood Historic Farm
- Berkeley Rose Garden
- San Francisco Botanical Garden
- The Markham Regional Arboretum in Concord
A FEW GEAR SELECTIONS FOR MACRO PHOTOGRAPHY:
We have a lot of gear at Looking Glass that will help you explore your world closely. In addition to Macro lenses that truly excel at this, good lenses with wide apertures can capture stunning close ups as well. Lighting, tripods and more will also help get a crisp shot with the depth of field effect you are looking for.
- Tamron 60mm f/2 DI II LD Macro (for Nikon & Canon DSLR cameras)
- Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 VC USD (for Nikon & Canon DSLR cameras)
- Kiwi FC-1 Macro Focus Rail
- PRO RL100 LED Macro Ring Light
- Close up filter sets
- PRO LED120SS Rechargeable Super-Slim Light
- Promaster Speedlight 100SL
- Savage PRO LED Light Table
- Promaster 5-in-1 Plus Reflector – 22″
- We also have numerous Extension Tubes, Tripods and Wireless Triggers and Remotes to choose from! We hope to see you soon!
CLOSE UP PHOTOGRAPH GALLERY: (click images to enlarge)
Some examples of close up photography where Depth of Field, Bokeh, Focus, Light and so many other variables are at play. If you have a close up photo you would like us to consider adding to this gallery, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.