Getting started in macro photography isn’t too daunting. And once you've acquired the basic equipment, you'll always be looking for tiny subjects to experiment with — let us show you a few for inspiration.
Take a look at several creative examples of macro photography via an article by COOPH. Each image comes from an everyday household object that you might not otherwise think to photograph. When photographed with the right light interaction, these objects seem transported to a new visual world.
Let's start with a simple but effective tool that we can make out of household objects: a DIY macro flash. Made from just a just a Pringles can, knife, duct tape, and marker, this modifier can be attached to your flash to achieve vivid, artistic imagery. The purpose of the flash modifier is to direct the light downward, isolating the small area just in front of the lens in which the lens is able to focus.
Since macro lenses are built for close-range focus, this modification allows you to point direct on-camera flash closer than possible without a macro lens. You'll need to experiment with flash's settings, but chances are your flash power will be relatively low due to the harsh light a speedlight often produces when extremely close to the subject.
Have you discovered any unlikely household objects that made for great macro subjects? Share them in the comments section below.
Images provided by COOPH.