Oftentimes, in photography, we tend to focus on seeing much of the world at once; traveling to great heights in search of a shot that can provide as much of the truly awe-inspiring sights on this planet as possible, all at once—such as Skywalking. Aerial shots of cities, mountains, oceans, massive structures, forests, rivers…
Macro photography is the process of taking really, really large pictures of really, really tiny objects, which provides us with the ability see beauty in small, everyday things that surround us, such as flowers, insects or, most notably, dewdrops, on a monumental scale.
For those pro- or amateur photographers interested in macro photography, the images are typically captured uses lenses that range from 50mm to 200mm for the best results.
If you’re interested in toying with macro photographs, here are a few tips to keep in mind:
- While the intent is to magnify the image greatly, the photographer mustn’t be too close to the subject. A short distance could cast shadows or distort the detail.
- The aperture (also known as f/stop—the size of the opening on a lens directly correlated to how much light is let in) must be very small, which allows for a greater amount of light on the object, and the shutter speed should be very slow.
- The best sort of light is natural daylight, either early morning or late day, though backlighting and/or frontlighting could be beneficial in certain situations.
- The depth-of-field, which is how much of your photo is in focus, should be shallow, producing extremely sharp, in focus detail of the subject and a soft, out-of-focus background.
- Use a tripod for a steady shot. Remember, your subject is likely very small and the human hand can prove not stable enough.
Still, some find that the advanced capabilities of non-professional “point-and-shoot” digital cameras provide sufficient zoom capabilities for a variety of extreme close-ups. Moreover, many cameras, both professional and commercial, simply have a “macro mode” in which the necessary settings are previously determined. However, the drawback to this is that it will likely lock the settings and not allow you to adjust as necessary.
Here are some more stunning examples of macro photography with dewdrops as the subject: