Macro Photography – Genre that magnifies the world around

At time many of you must be mesmerized by looking at some pictures where something, be it a small bee or one small flower, is captured larger than life and you can literally find each and every minute detail of it (just like how I was numbed when I looked at one such photo on Viewbug). And if yes then you are at right place to know more as to how it actually happens.

So here we dive into world of Macro Photography with this beautiful click…


i. What exactly is Macro Photography ?

Just as word implies Macro means something Great…. and that’s exactly how the result turns out to be “One Large – Great Object” in your photo.

ii. How does that happen ?

But before going further just an heads up I am still learning this beautiful art so what all I’ll share with you is solely based on what I have learnt so far. And more I’ll learn more I’ll elaborate for you all.

Lets get back to our question…

How images turn out to be so detailed and things so big in Macro Photography ?

Usually mid range DSLRs have APS-C sensor which sized 22.3mm x 14.9mm. And everytime we focus the lens on something what sensor captures is the exact impression of the focused thing. That impression is then processed by Camera’s software and we see the outcome as digital image on screen.

Here we have 3 things Light Sensor, Lens and Object. For Macro Photography we use Macro Lenses. And these lenses focus on the object such a way that Focused object’s impression on sensor is exactly of same size as of object’s actual size, which means in Macro an object is Magnified by 1:1.

For example: if your object’s size is 11mm x 7mm and Macro lens is used to click it. It’s impression will take almost 25% of the sensor and object’s length and height will be half of full image’s length and height.

Are you still with me after above explanation..? May be you are not sure what I am taking about all sensor size and impression and image… if so then let’s take a look at below analysis:

macro lens

Hope this will help you more in understading the difference:

First image is what I told you in the paragraph above as how the object will be half of image’s size in length and height. And second image shows if we dont use a Macro lens then an Object sized 11mm x 7mm will be visible as tiny (may be smaller than that based on how far your lens was while clicking) as that small square on the sensor and eventually in your clicked picture.

Its exactly how Macro Sized objects are captured.

iii. How different Macro photography to other genre ?

I love Macro photography simply because it just transports me a whole new world whenever I look at any such beautiful pictures. Where I can see everything…literally everything captured that too with clarity just as of crystal. And that’s make it one different genre than others (landscape, portrait, fashion or food photography).

Besides this its one pretty expensive genre to explore cause one decent and basic Macro lens costs much more than any basic lenses for other type. But by any chance if you can afford you can surely try Macro lens to explore Macro Photography.

iv. If not Lens, other options ?

I bought by DSLR just 7 months back and I am still learning how to click decent pictures. I got 2 lenses in package along-with my camera, 18-55mm and 55-200mm, so I thought to first learn them completely and then to buy a macro lens. But still I wanted to try my hands on Macro so bought Macro filters here

So before learn about Macro filter and its working first have a look at some of my Pictures clicked using my Macro Filters:



Macro filters

Macro filters are great alternatives for Macro lenses, though you would not be getting True Macro (no 1:1 magnification) but still its good enough to start your journey in Macro Land.

Macro filter works as a magnifier between camera sensor and object. And it just increases the size of the object resulting in bigger size impression on sensor. Results in some great almost Macro images.

These filters do have some drawbacks that object outline gets distorted when lens is on higher focal length. I’ll soon post one review on these filters.

Another option which is known as Extension Tubes.

Extension Tubes

Extension tubes works differently than of Macro Filters. These tubes reduces the focal distance between the sensor and object and lets your sensor go nearer to the subject. So nearer the sensor is bigger is the impression of object on the sensor. That means you’ll have bigger object (again almost macro) in your image.

I am yet to purchase an Extension Tube but once I’ll have it, I’ll surely analyze it here.

Reversal Ring

Last alternative to Macro Lens is Reversal Ring and its the most accurate one too. As there is no additional Optic Element involved (like Filter or Tube). Everything is being looked at by your own lens but reversed.

As a result will let you look at the image nearer than normal and get a bigger impression on the sensor. I have also purchased this beauty and will write a post dedicated to Reversal Ring very soon.

What are your views regarding Macro Photography ? Have you used extension tubes or macro filters for clicking ? And if you know any other option other than these two do let me know in comments. I’ll be happy to know more about my most loved genre.

Thats all for the day folks. Do let me know in the comments how did you find this article ?

Bye for now…will meet in my next post soon.

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