After Douyin became popular, it brought people from all walks of life. In the past four months, the epidemic has not been able to go out. Home-based photography has become a new favorite, and creative macro photography has also become popular in Douyin. Today, we will teach you how to take creative macro photography in your own home.
01What props do we need to prepare?
Creative macro photography is mainly to use the usual items we usually match to form a new creative scene, which makes people shine. Among them, the most important thing is props.
props are divided into two parts, one part is the model, the other part is our daily necessities and food.
Let me talk about the model first. This can be purchased on e-commerce platforms. The quality varies greatly, so the price gap is also very large. Models with very good workmanship, such as the 1:87 character model, the character size is about 2cm, the price of a set of models is about 110-130 yuan, but the effect of the shot is guaranteed.
I have to say that I really envy the vibrato gods who can spend so much money to buy models.
In addition, the models also include some houses, trees, animals, etc. These models can be bought with a slightly poorer workmanship, enough to match the scene. The price is relatively cheap and you can buy multiple models at once, so that it is more convenient to match the follow-up shooting.
Daily necessities and food, this should be determined according to your own shooting theme. What your theme needs, you can prepare objects that are related or can express the theme. This is more abstract, because any object and food can be creatively photographed.
In addition, you can buy some larger monochrome cardboard on the Internet, as the base and backboard for macro photography, which can make the picture more concise and highlight the subject. Of course, it saves everyone the trouble of looking for shooting scenes.
02The pre-shooting stage should be carefully conceived
Props are one aspect. The most important thing for this kind of macro photography is creativity, and creativity must be carefully conceived. In fact, there is not much to share in this regard, because everyone’s ideas and creativity will be very different. But the important thing is to be good at using the daily necessities and food around you to build a new life scene.
For example, we can imagine a nail clipper as a sailboat, kiwifruit as a mountain, bread as an island, and eyes as a mirror, and so on. As long as you can be good at collocation of items and foods in your life and make others shine when they look at them, this idea will succeed.
Of course, creativity does not exist all the time, so when our creativity is exhausted, we can relax, listen to music, watch movies, and go shopping for entertainment. Maybe you can inspire inspiration and come up with new ideas when doing other activities.
03 Shooting equipment and related settings
Finally we come to the shooting step. For this kind of macro photography, a macro lens is definitely necessary. If the budget is sufficient, you can choose the original macro lens of Canon, Nikon and other brands. The advantages are reasonable focal length, large aperture, good image quality and good user experience. If the budget is insufficient, you can choose sub-factory brands such as Tamron and Sigma, which are cost-effective and have excellent experience.
The most important part of the accessories is With a reliable tripod. In addition to the excellent height adjustment, this tripod often needs to express creative scenes from different perspectives. It also needs to be able to withstand the weight of your equipment. Many people will use a Hundred micro lens with a full-frame SLR camera. The weight is really not small. , Especially when framing vertically.
Another accessory is the lamp. Most people do not have special lighting for photography at home, so desk lamps and USB lamps are fine. If the brightness of one lamp is insufficient or serious shadows are caused, you can choose two lamps to open the bow to eliminate the shadows and the light is better.
When shooting, because it is a macro scene, it is not recommended to use an excessively large aperture. This will cause excessive blurring of the picture and affect the viewing experience of the entire scene. If the scene range is small, you can try f/5.6-f/8 aperture shooting; if the scene is larger, you can try f/8-f/16 aperture. If you have no idea about the specific aperture, you can take a few shots and try to see if the blur effect will affect the viewing experience.
Since it is used with a tripod, the ISO is selected as 100 to ensure the least noise and high image quality. Then select a 2 second countdown exposure, so that the camera shake caused by pressing the shutter has enough time to eliminate. It is recommended that you use the AV gear so that you don’t need to consider the shutter speed. After all, most photographers don’t know what light should choose and how fast the shutter speed is. If you find that the camera’s automatic shutter speed recognition is not accurate enough, you can adjust the exposure compensation to correct it.
All adjustments and placements are ready, press the shutter, and a creative macro photography is complete. In fact, shooting is the easiest part. The most important thing is to conceive ideas and display props. The author took dozens of such creative photos a while ago, and it took three full days. Basically, it is 40 minutes for conceiving and setting, taking a photo for 10 seconds to complete a work. Although it sounds tiring and tiring to execute, when you post on Moments or TikTok and receive countless likes, you will feel that it is really worth the tiring.
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