Photo taken by David Pritchard, using a Tamron lens.
Tamron produces quite a few lenses which can be used to capture exceptional macro photography. They include the Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro VC USD
, Tamron AF 55-200mm f/4-5.6 Di II LD Macro
, and the Tamron SP AF 60mm f/2 Di II Macro 1:1
. If you're a new macro lens owner and are looking for some macro photography advice, take a look at these tips:
- a focal length of 100mm or more will close the distance between your lens and subject more, something which is particularly important for subjects such as butterflies. Extension tubes can also be added to standard zoom lenses to get you closer to your subject.
- Tamron lenses create great bokeh so messy backgrounds aren't something you generally need to worry about, however if you do find it's causing a distraction, try placing a piece of card, or a sheet behind the subject to make it all one neutral colour.
- Try using the sun as a natural back light for your subject. Low, morning light makes this shooting process easier but do keep checking your shots as the light levels can fool your camera into thinking the scene's too bright which can lead to underexposed work. Butterfly wings, petals and leaves all look great with light shining through them. Other tools useful when working with natural light are reflectors which can bounce much-needed light into shadow areas.
- This isn't set in stone but species such as butterflies tend to be less active in the morning when it's cooler, plus plants may be decorated with due, adding an extra level of interest to your shot.
Focus And Shake
- Use a tripod to minimise camera shake which is more noticeable when working at these sorts of distances and switch to manual to ensure your focusing is precise. You also need to consider your focus point carefully as when working with small subjects, you can change the look of the entire shot by making the smallest of adjustments to where you focus.