Macro Images Made Easy

Macro images can be incredibly powerful, but also pesky and difficult to perfect. To make your life easier, we've devised these handy little tips for getting a great macro image, perfect for the XF60mm Macro or our new XF Extension Tubes:

Subject Matter:
Small creatures look extraordinary under a macro lens but require lots of patience. To increase your chances of capturing an impressive shot, you could try going to a butterfly or a reptile enclosure at a zoo. Little critters are easier to shoot when they've got nowhere to disappear to!
Experiment with everyday objects around the home too, like cutlery or Christmas decorations, even the most boring subject can make the most amazing macro image.


Image above by Sven Schroeter

Camera Settings:
Never underestimate the power of great lighting! If the lighting is substantial, keep to low ISO settings such as ISO 100 or 200 to retain maximum detail. Using Aperture Priority, select a small aperture like F11 in order to keep the entire subject in focus, or alternatively use a shallow aperture such as F2.8 to isolate certain aspects. You can also use Manual Focus for accuracy when using a shallow depth of field.

Using a Tripod:
Although some say a tripod is useful, we're going one step further. A tripod is essential for any form of close-up or macro photography. The smallest of movements can mean the difference between a great photo, and a blurry one. Using a tripod will limit the user vibrations which will therefore result in a sharper image. Camera shake is more noticeable the closer you get to the subject (and you want to get up close and personal). Getting the best shot should be your priority, so a good tripod and perhaps even a remote or using the self timer is key.


Image above by Sven Schroeter

Using Flash:
It’s not always necessary to use flash, but often it is essential, as shadows are a macro photographer’s enemy. Try shooting in the brightest available light and, if necessary, use some form of reflector to fill the shadows. If you can't access a proper reflector from a photo shop, the white back of your camera manual will do just fine. The most ideal cameras for macro photography will give you control over the flash, but if yours doesn’t, don't despair. Simply use a piece of tracing paper and tape it over the flash to diffuse the harsh strobe light.

And there you have our easy as pie tips for capturing the perfect macro photograph - what are you waiting for?!