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5 surprising ideas for macro photography to make your creativity stand out

The post 5 surprising macro photography ideas to make your creativity jump, first appeared at Digital Photography School. It is written by Jaymes Dempsey.

Are you struggling with coming up with great ideas for macro photography?

Do you need a bit of a creativity jump start?

Which is good! Because in this article I give you 5 macro photography ideas – all focused on getting you out of that creative routine.

Are you ready to take beautiful macro photos again?

Then let's get started.

1. Find lights in the background for stunning bokeh

One of the best ways to do creative macro photography …

… is to capture beautiful bokeh.

(That is, a nice, soft, creamy background.)

And here you do the following:

First, find a topic that you really like. A flower, an insect or some plant life will all work well.

Choose a large aperture (one in the f / 2.8 to f / 5.6 range).

Then zoom in until you have isolated only your subject.

Here comes the important part:

Move slowly around the subject while looking through your camera's viewfinder. The key is to create a ' bokeh-generating ' background.

Now bokeh-generating backgrounds bring light. The best bokeh often comes from bright lights and colors in the background.

More specifically, look for pin pricks of light and colorful reflections.

Sun coming through trees, for example, creates an amazing bokeh – because the trees break through the light.

Leaves in golden hourlight also create beautiful bokeh. The golden light on the leaves reflects and makes a creamy, colorful background.

Most scenes have at least a few bokeh options – so don't settle for the wrong choice.

Use the bokeh instead to create a masterpiece!

2. Shoot in the sun for beautiful macro photography with background lighting

Nature photographers often photograph with front light – where the light comes from over the photographer's shoulder and ends up on the subject.

This often works well. But after a while it can get boring.

If you want to get creative …

… try to use the backlight.

Backlight comes from behind your subject. It's great for creating silhouettes – and it's also great for producing creative lighting effects.

The light can pass through part of your subject, making it translucent.

And backlight can also create bright light patches. If you have done this correctly, it will produce amazing effects.

However, you must position the sun carefully.

If you get the naked sun in your frame, the whole shot will be ruined because the sun is just too bright to be displayed by your camera.

Instead, place your macro photography subject for the sun. In this way the sun is hidden from view. But you still get some beautiful effects.

In fact, I recommend experimenting with this. Try slightly changing your angle so that the sun is positioned behind different parts of your subject.

You managed to take some stunning photos – photos that you probably did not initially imagine!

3. Shoot against a white sky for a beautiful high-key look

Here's a favorite idea about macro photography from me.

I use it all the time when I'm in no time!

Fortunately it is very simple:

Shoot against a white sky.

Let me explain:

One of the most important parts of a macro photo …

… is the background.

Without a nice background, your macro photos will often fall flat.

Now the best backgrounds are simple and uniform.

And one of the great ways to create a uniform background?

Trust the sky!

This works especially well on cloudy days. All you have to do is find a topic – and then get low. In fact, you often have to be lower than your subject.

Make sure the background is completely covered with clouds.

Then photograph your subject and see how it stands out against a beautiful white background!

(If the image is a bit too dark, don't worry. You can always cancel the whites in the post-processing.)

4. Freelens for stunning selective focus

Here's another great idea for macro photography if you're in a rut:

Freelens!

I am a big fan of this technique – because they become striking, unique images.

This is how it works:

Turn on your camera and make sure your lens is focused immensely.

Then turn off your camera and detach the lens.

(I recommend using a backup camera and a backup lens for this because there is a risk of damaging your equipment.)

The best lenses for macro-free lensing are now in the 50 mm range. I have discovered that 50 mm provides a nice balance of background blur and sharp focus.

After detaching the lens, turn on your camera again.

Then…

Experiment!

Note: With freelensing you do not focus by turning a focus ring. Instead, focus by changing the position of the lens relative to the camera.

So keep the lens loose and move it at different angles.

Search for macro topics and see what happens when you create them with a freelens setup. Also note how withdrawing the lens from the camera increases the magnification of the lens. It also allows more light – creating artistic light leaks!

Freelensing is a bit addictive. Once you have started, you have trouble stopping – because there are so many options for great macro photos!

5. Go through a second topic for an incredible foreground

If you want an idea for particularly creative macro photography …

… why don't you try ' by shooting ' or ' to cram & # 39 ;?

First, find a macro topic. Flowers work especially well here because they are so colorful.

Get closer and focus your lens on that subject. Choose a large aperture in the f / 2.8 to f / 5.6 range.

Then find a second topic. Place this in front of your lens. The second topic must be colorful – and ideally similar to the first.

And … shoot!

The second subject (which stays out of focus) creates a beautiful foreground wash. One that looks great in macro photography.

Now you don't want to completely cover your lens with the subject in the foreground. Instead, place it partially in the scene. In this way a beautiful wax is created without dominating the recording.

This can experiment a bit. But if you are patient, you capture some beautiful macro photos.

And your creative muscle will become energetic again!

Ideas for creative macro photography: next steps

Hopefully you are excited about macro photography again.

After all, you have many ideas for original, creative photos!

The key is to use them. So go outside and shoot!

Do you have more ideas for macro photography? Share them in the comments!

The post 5 surprising macro photography ideas to make your creativity jump, first appeared at Digital Photography School. It is written by Jaymes Dempsey.

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