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5 Creative Exercises for Macro Photography
5 Creative Exercises for Macro Photography

I absolutely love macro. It isn’t just a photography genre for me. There is an entire little world tucked away among our every day. Here are some ideas to get your creative juices flowing when using macro. I want to play around with macro more and these look like a great way to start! Read - "5 Creative Exercises for Macro Photography" Read more: 9 Tips for Using Macro Filters

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    Grab one item, any item. Now photograph it from all direction. Top looking down, down looking up, outside looking in, inside looking out. Turn the object and move yourself. You don’t want to stay stationary with this. The idea is to get creative. To add a little more fun to it, limit yourself to only five clicks of the shutter. Not just ten “keeper” images. Take your time to get the shot and really see it before pressing the shutter release. If it is ho-hum, find a different way to compose it. image-1

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    Water drops add dimension and texture to objects. You don’t have to wait for rain, either. Grab a spray bottle and create your own water drops. Spray some fruit for still life macro or head out into your yard. Anything can look magical with water drops. image-2

    Read more: 7 Best Macro Photography Tips for Creative Photos

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    Make a guessing game out of your macro images. With most photography you want the viewer to know what the subject is immediately, but that doesn’t have to be the case with macro. The element of the uncertain pulls them into the image even more. Grab an everyday item from your house and try to photograph it in a way that doesn’t instantly reveal what it is. You would be surprised how some things look ‘macrofied’. Post the image on social media and invite friends to guess what it is. image-3

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    Send yourself on a scavenger hunt through your own home. Write different textures and colors on a list. Smooth, fuzzy, hairy, bumpy, shiny, holey, blue, circles, yellow, and grids are some fun things I have used. Now track down those things and shoot them macro style. Everything is just a tad different shot as a macro. image-4

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    That doesn’t sound insightful or helpful, does it? But just hear me out. Find a spot in your yard or in a park and just sit there. Start looking at the ground. Now look closer. Look even closer. You will likely start to see little critters moving about that you overlooked when you first sat down. Find a way to tell their little macro story. image-5

Now grab that macro lens, extension tubes, or close up filters and get shooting. Macro is so fun and opens your eyes to a hidden world that you may not have noticed before.


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