Do you struggle to take macro photos that are stunning and unique?
One of the biggest challenges in macro photography…
…is selecting the perfect perspective. The perspective that will really blow the viewer away.
So in this article, you’ll discover 5 macro photography perspectives that you have to try. They’ll take your photography to the next level–and then some!
Let’s get started.
1. Shoot on a Level With Your Subject for a Powerful Macro Image
One of the best things about macro photography…
…is how intimate it is. You take photos of tiny subjects. And as you do it, you feel like you’re living in their little world.
This sense of intimacy is something you want to communicate through your macro compositions.
And the best way to convey this intimacy?
Is to get down on a level with your subject.
I know it might be hard. But I urge you to always try to look at the world from your subject’s perspective.
This may involve getting down on your knees. For especially small subjects, it may require you get down on your stomach.
(Another great benefit of this technique is that you’ll capture far better backgrounds. When you get down low, you’ll change the background–from the ground behind the subject to much more distant areas. This will greatly enhance the background blur bokeh.)
This may be a struggle.
But it’ll be worth it, in the end.
2. Shoot From Overhead for a Frame-Filling Macro Photo
You’ve already learned the importance of shooting on a level with your subject.
But that’s just a starting point.
There are other great angles for macro photography, including…
The overhead shot.
Now, this angle is simple: You shoot down on your subject from above.
A couple of things about this angle:
First, I suggest that you use a narrow aperture in order to make the whole subject sharp. This will make for a more powerful photo overall.
Second, if possible, you should fill the entire frame with your subject. If you do this, you’ll capture a powerful photo. But if you don’t, the background will be the ground underneath your subject–and this rarely looks good.
But if you use a narrow aperture, and you fill the frame, you’ll love the shots you get.
3. Get Below Your Subject for a Unique Macro Angle
The ‘on a level’ angle and the overhead angle are pretty standard macro shots.
Now it’s time to look at some of the more creative macro angles.
Which brings me to my next tip:
Lie down on the ground. And shoot upward.
This works best if your subject is decently tall. For instance, you can do this with tulips. You can also try it with flowering trees–you simply have to get below the branches.
This gives you a really interesting perspective. It also results in a great background–because of the empty sky. I recommend you do these upward-facing shots on cloudy days, for a pure white backdrop. But shooting upward during sunset will also give you some stunning photos.
However, you want to be careful not to underexpose the shot. It’s easy to see the bright sky background and try to darken the shot as a result. Resist this temptation.
Instead, you want to pay attention to your main subject. Make sure that you choose the perfect brightness level for maximum color and detail.
And let the background go pure white, if you can. This will look stunning!
4. Shoot at a 45 Degree Angle for an Intimate Macro Image
Let me explain:
One beautiful macro angle involves shooting from the side of your subject (at a 0 degree angle). This is the ‘on a level’ shot.
Another beautiful macro angle requires shooting from overhead (at a 90 degree angle).
But if you want to capture a slightly different shot…
I suggest you shoot at 45 degrees.
This is a mid-range angle, one that’s halfway in-between the overhead shot and the on a level shot.
It gives shots that feel more engaging. Because the 45 degree angle gives a ‘looking inside’ type of shot. That is, it feels like the viewer is peeking into the life of the subject–without fully engaging with the subject.
It’s especially good for macro flower photography. You look over the lip of a flower, and you see the little world inside. But you don’t enter.
Does that make sense?
That’s what I love about the 45 degree angle.
Try it! I bet you’ll love it, too.
5. Shoot Through Another Object for Creative Macro Photos
Here’s your final macro photography tip:
Shoot through one subject…and on to the next. If you do this with flowers, you’ll capture a gorgeous wash of foreground color.
And what matters is how two subjects are positioned relative to one another.
Here’s what you do:
Find a subject that you like. This could be an insect, a flower, or anything in between.
Get down on a level with your subject.
Then look for another subject. Ideally, this should be a plant. Flowers work especially well (and the more colorful, the better!)
Now, you should focus on the distant subject. But make sure that part of the closer subject is very close to your lens.
Choose a wide aperture in order to blur out the foreground subject.
You should capture a creative macro photo–a photo with a beautiful main subject, and a lovely wash of color in the foreground.
Macro Photography Angles: Next Steps
As you now know, there are quite a few excellent angles for macro photography.
And if you can remember to use a few of them while in the field…
…well, you’ll capture some amazing photos!
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