Two days ago I started to play again with my Vivitar macro filters to learn the tricks of the trade. As they say, “practice makes perfection”.
When I started studying close-up and macro photography, I didn’t know it required so many small accessories to take a clear picture of those fantastic miniature worlds. These are some of the “small things” you should have if you are serious about taking good close-up or macro photos:
PHOTOGRAPHY ACCESSORIES AND CAMERA FEATURES
- Focusing rail
- Mirror lock-up camera feature
- Cable release
- Camera built-in self-timer
- Wireless remote triggering device
- Ring flash
I don’t have many of the items on the list, but I’m taking pictures with what I have. At this very moment, a package with Neewer 43″ 5-in-1 collapsible disk reflectors is traveling from Amazon to Miami FL . It is scheduled to arrive in Miami by November 16th. The five modifiers included in the package are: translucent, silver, gold, white and black. Price: $14.49.
I’m excited to use this convenient accessory to lighten up my subjects when the camera is too close, thus blocking the available light.
Another valuable tip worth remembering when shooting close-up or macro pictures. As a general guide, if your shutter speed has fallen below 1/60 of a second, you should not be shooting without a tripod, and if your shutter speed falls below 1/15 of a second, you should always be using a cable release or the camera’s self timer, along with the camera’s mirror lock-up feature if the camera has this feature.