Landscape Photography

Social Distance Photography Ideas – Macro

Macro Photography Ideas

As I’m sure you’re already aware, we have been told to stay at home, wash our hands and limit our human contact. Some introverted people like myself may not have noticed many differences, but some of you may be struggling for ideas to keep you busy.

Here are a few simple and affordable ideas to keep you occupied.


Macro Photography

This can be done on a small budget using entry-level camera equipment or with higher-end equipment. Either way, there isn’t much of a barrier to entry and you have lots of things around you which look interesting.

Kit list from the video;

  • DSLR – I used a 600d – it’s the first DSLR I owned.
  • Lens – The 18-55mm kit lens works great. Use what you have.
  • Extension tubes – reduces the closest focusing distance so you can shoot close up.
  • Card – Black on one side, white on the other.

If you have access to a garden, you may have flowers or insects crawling around

If you’re in the house (you’re probably in the house atm), look a little closer. Here’s a coconut. If you put on your pretentious hat, it looks a bit like some rivers meandering through the mud.

Here is a photograph taken using the budget macro photography setup

Budget setup for macro

And here is one taken using the Canon 100mm F2.8 macro lens

coconut macro photography

Which one do you prefer? Let me know in the comments.

To balance out the light on the subject I used the card to bounce some light back into the dark areas, helping to create a more evenly lit subject. You can see more about how I did that in the video.

This was just one example that I happened to stumble on by accident, but I would love to see your results.

Share your photographs using the hashtag #adamkappa

Make sure to follow me on Instagram and tag me there too. That’s where I spend the most time.

Have fun. Stay at home, and wash your bloody hands.

p.s. you may also like the macro photography video from a few years ago, there are more free photography tips there.

About Adam Kappa

Adam Kapustynskyj is a landscape photographer based in Ulverston near the English Lake District. He specialises in Landscape photography

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