Photo Restoration Newcastle – Macro Tips

Bumble bee collecting nectar from a flower- soft wall hanging by Simple Miracle Photography in landscape orientation

humble bumble bee collects nectar


Insects such as bees are silently exciting to shoot!

Macro photography is an endless subject. Follow these eight simple tips and make your macro photography pursuits more rewarding. Today I want to talk about bee’s. Bee’s are interesting little creatures that move constantly and require more perseverance than you might think.


Tip Number One: Choose a still day. A day that is free of wind and even breeze if you can help it will help tremendously on your macro photography success. Photographing a bee is one thing, let alone dealing with elements like wind that will blow flowers all over the place, unsettle the environment, making it harder to capture your friendly bumble bee.


Tip Number Two: Hand hold your camera. A camera hand held, in the case of photographing bees at close range, will give you more scope and make capturing great shots an easier task.


Tip Number Three: Use a prime lens. Prime lens’s have a fixed focal length. My dedicated 100mm macro lens is most beneficial for macro photography. Sharp and superb for picking up the finest of detail. Use a Speedlight for wonderful illumination of your subject. You will also need to ensure your “manual” camera settings are chosen accordingly.


Tip Number Four: Stay in the same spot. Find an area where your bee frequents and stay put. Bees buzz around from flower to flower so rapidly and don’t stay collecting pollen for very long. Furthermore, bees are always in continual motion. Getting comfortable and waiting for them to come to you is the smoothest approach. Be sure to use continuous shooting and start taking shots before the bee arrives on your flower of choice.


Tip Number Five: Use manual focus. Auto focus struggles terribly when doing macro photography. Your camera will be driven mad and so will you! Switch your lens to manual focus, rock back and forth to obtain focus or achieve focus in a specific spot and wait for your humble bumble bee to land in the plane of focus before taking the shot. Be sure to use continuous shooting and start taking shots before the bee arrives on your flower of choice.


Tip Number Six: Be ready and Be patient. An awesome shot can be moments away, yet it can be blown away in an instant, so being steadied and prepared to click the shutter at all times is essential. Flying insects are a challenge, but most definitely a rewarding challenge, particularly when these macro photography tips are used. Sometimes the best shot can take hours, days, weeks! Patience is probably the most vital attribute to possess when it comes to macro photography, particularly when bees are in the lime light.


Tip Number Seven: Hold your camera as still as possible. This will be achieved by holding your camera correctly and having a support for your elbows. Core body strength really helps for this type of macro photography too.


Tip Number Eight: Try again. If you don’t capture the shot you expected, never be discouraged. Start afresh another day. This type of macro photography takes practise. Enjoy every minute of it.


 Message from Michelle… Be super still. Try holding your breath on click.



Photo Restoration Newcastle – Macro Tips

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