Macro Photography 101 with David Newton

David Newton is a versatile photographer, who doesn’t like to be categorised as a fan of one genre. To prove this, he’s prepared some pointers on macro photography. Here are 3 suggestions from David regarding your gear choice and basic composition rules.


Starting your macro photography adventure, you are bound to wonder what is the best kit you should go for. Firstly, you need to remember that you’re going to be very close to your subject. While handholding is possible at longer working distances, especially with an Image stabiliser lens, like the Canon EF100mm f/2.8L IS Macro USM, it still pays to break out a tripod to minimise the chance of camera shaking and blurry images.


When choosing a lens you need to bear in mind that a true macro means 1:1 or life-size reproduction. However, to make life easier, many lenses feature a ‘macro’ function. While this won’t give you full life-size true macro, it can give you a good close-up – the EF24-70mm f/4L IS USM is one of these lenses that actually performs incredibly well up close.


Once you start your macro photography, you’ll soon realise that depth of field is always a challenge – you are working very close up to your subject so your depth of field is greatly reduced. A helpful trick is to close down the aperture more than you would in normal shooting to give you more depth of field throughout your image. Don’t forget this may make your exposure tricky, with a long shutter speed or high ISO, so you may need to bring in additional light.


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