7 steps to creating a perfect macro shot: Choosing the right gear, best settings and finding a subject


posted Saturday, July 13, 2019 at 12:00 PM EDT


Earlier this week, we shared tips from Ross Hoddinott focused on capturing macro photos of butterflies, dragonflies and other insects. To continue the macro theme of the week, we are sharing a video from photographer Micael Widell below featuring seven steps for a perfect insect macro photo.

The first step before taking a good macro image is getting the necessary equipment. That doesn't mean "expensive" equipment. While Widell is using a Sony A7 III and Laowa 60mm f/2.8 2X Macro lens, he wants to make it clear that you can use basically any DSLR or mirrorless camera with any macro lens to get good results. Using an on-camera flash can also work well for macro photography, although you will want to use a small diffuser to ensure that the flash doesn't produce harsh light on your subject. To learn about Widell's recommended camera settings, how to deal with harsh sunlight in the field and more, watch the full video below.

(Via Micael Widell