Exploring Macro Photography is pretty much like entering into a new world just a bit smaller than the one we’re used to. It teaches you more to appreciate details and all the little things we casually pass by daily without acknowledging them. In this article, I will be giving you some key reasons as to why a macro lens is essential to add to your lens collection. Yes, there are lenses that may allow you to get close enough to a subject and enter the world of macro photography for just a bit but they all have their limits. With Macro lenses, they are made specifically to excel in the field and still even do so much more.
Macro lenses will never give you the opportunity to get bored or lose interest in your craft for many reasons. People often like form a relationship between macro photography and “close-ups”. While this is understandable because you seem very close to a subject, it is not always necessarily the same thing. It is often assumed that with macro lenses you have to get real close to your subject to capture them and this is not always the case.
There is a wide variety of Macro lenses that allow you to stay a safe distance from your subject but still capture it as if you were right in front of it. For example the Tamron 90mm f/2.8 SP Di USD Macro. Its focal length gives you a bit of room between you and your subject while still being able to capture so fine details as if you’re looking at your subject from an ant’s point of view. You can never get bored with a Macro lens as there is always something to capture that someone else is not seeing. This ultimately transforms any location you’re in, to the one you can actually explore beyond the naked eye.
A lot of manufacturers have made it a duty to place the Macro specification on their lenses. This often ends up giving a lot of customers the wrong impression and leads to them assuming they already have a macro lens. These markings on your lens such as “Macro 0.16m/0.52ft” only speak to how close you can get to your subject before your lens begin to have difficulty focusing on anything. I’ve seen this happen quite a few times with my Canon 50mm f/1.8 and my 24mm f/2.8.
Both lenses bring you fairly close to the subject but as soon as you get a bit too close you probably hear your lens going crazy. It will try its best to still focus on the subject but after a few seconds or so you will realize where if you don’t step back a bit, this issue will continue. This will all be a thing of the past when using a Macro lens as it enables you to get as close as possible without struggling to focus or disregarding any detail in your image.
When pushing using a Macro lens you become more aware of all the things that play a key role in capturing just the right shot. Everything in your frame becomes more enhanced which also means that anything that might be off even by just a little will always show up. Therefore you are forced to pay more attention to things like your shutter speed, aperture values, and lighting.
Yes, you generally pay attention to these things in your day to day shooting but shooting with a Macro lens might just demand more of your attention. It also helps when it comes to composing your shot. You often want to get that perfect 1:1 life-size magnification just right so composition will become that more important in your day to day shooting. Ultimately, working with a Macro Lens will help to enhance your skills.
While some lenses serve a specific purpose, most macro lenses are actually versatile. Most carry an aperture between f/2.8 and f/3.5 which gives them the capability of performing in low light situations. They also can be used for more than just exploring the unknown. For example, the Tamron SP AF 60mm f/2 can be used to get some pretty cool portraits if put the test or capture some great day to day lifestyle images and get close only when you need to. Macro lenses can help with so much and more and are not generally limited to one special thing.
I do hope these tips have given you the motivation you need to add a new lens to your collection and properly explore the world that has been going by unrecognized. Until next time, thank you for stopping by!