Macro photography with your iPhone

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It’s always fun exploring new photography techniques for capturing pictures especially since we know everyone with an iPhone loves to take snazzy snaps!

Up close and personal
Up close and personal

Macro photography is particularly popular as it allows you to see the world from a different perspective. It allows you to showcase otherwise ordinary objects in a new way.

Basically, macro photography is all about shooting your object/subject up really close.

According to Wikipedia macro photography is:

Extreme close-up photography, usually of very small subjects, in which the size of the subject in the photograph is greater than life size.

Here are 5 simple tips to get you started with macro photography:

1. Avoid direct light

For the best close-up shots, aim for indirect lighting. This also helps to avoid over-exposure. If you can’t avoid direct lighting on a bright day, try to position yourself so the light is aiming into the shot rather than behind it. Alternatively, you can use your shadow to create indirect light.

2. Get close to your subject (not too close)

Getting close is essential. However, don’t get so close that your picture begins to blur as you need to have a clear focus on your subject. We suggest you keep your iPhone 5 to 10 cm away from your subject.

3. Keep steady

It is essential to have a steady hand for macro photography as you don’t want blur. So hold still! A useful technique used by snipers and hunters is pretty handy: deep breathing and shooting between breaths. If that doesn’t work for you, you can support your iPhone on a nearby object or you can use your other hand to assist.

4. Fill your frame

Your subject is the focus of the image so it needs to nearly complete the frame of the image.

5. Autofocus

Once you have your object reflecting on your iPhone screen, let it focus before capturing the image.

So happy snapping everyone!

Sources:

WikipediaFatMumSlim, OSXDaily

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