Macro Photography

Macro Photography is photographing small objects and making them appear larger than actual life size (magnified)

Getting close to your subject is ideal rather than zooming in. Especially when using your phone, the more a picture is zoomed in, the worse the quality gets

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Frame & Focus

Position your subject the way you want it to appear. Taking the extra time to center your shot or using the rule of thirds will result in a much better shot. Not paying attention to the angle and perspective taken can cause the shot to lose its meaning. Once the frame is set up to your liking, tap on your main focus point which will concentrate the attention on this point and blur the background. For instance, if you want the focus on the flower petals simply tap that on your phone. This just so happens to make phone photography way less complicated than using a camera since details such as shutter speed and the aperture are manually managed.

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Background

Keep it simple. Macro photography is all about having the focus on a specific point and making it appear larger than life size. A distracting background will get in the way of the point of interest. Instead of the shot maintaining the focus, the eye will be drawn to everything else and never actually settle on one single point. The subject shouldn’t compete with the background

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Lighting

Best shot in bright lighting to capture the essential details. Phone cameras especially never result in optimal quality when shot in lower lighting. To create a balanced macro shot, it’s best to shoot outside on a bright, overcast day

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Additional lens

An attachable lens can get pricey but if you want that extra wow factor it’s worth it. Plus, if you take good care of it- it will last you forever. Olloclip is a reliable company I trust when it comes to purchasing gear for my phone. They have various lens starting with the iPhone 5 to the iPhone 7 Plus (for Samsung Galaxy too). You can purchase a macro lens on their site for $70-$80 which comes with three separate macro lens options: Macro 7x, Macro 14x, Macro 21x (which zooms in the most). Using this lens will result in an image like below

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