You don’t have to have a full professional photography kit to create eye-catching macro photos. If you dream of capturing high-quality, close-up images, you can use your phone and achieve some outstanding results with very little extra equipment. In this blog, we tell you which cheap accessories and setting changes you’ll need to take macro photos on your phone.
The first thing that you’ll need is a macro lens for your phone. These are relatively cheap to buy. If you want to go one stage further, you could also invest in a monopod with tripod for your phone, to hold it perfectly still and in place as you get your shot. If you don’t have a specialist lens, you could try placing a standard magnifying glass over the top of your phone camera lens for some very effective results.
1. Decide how you want your photo to look and prepare a photo plan. For example, decide which part of your subject you want to be detailed and which area will be blurred in the background. Remember with macro photography it is impossible to get everything in focus, and in fact trying to achieve that can detract from the desired result.
2. If your phone has a camera grid, turn it off. To do this, go to “Settings” select the “Camera” option and turn off the “Grid”.
3. Attach your macro lens to your phone.
4. Put your phone onto a stable surface around 10cm from the object you want to photograph. Alternatively, use a tripod.
5. Turn on autofocus.
6. Check your lighting. Make sure it is good and that your phone is not casting a shadow onto the object you wish to photograph. A cheap ring light on a small tripod is ideal for giving you an even spread of light on close-up subjects.
7. Take your photos
Macro shots are a great way to capture interesting pictures of insects, flowers and other small objects. Don’t be put off if your first few attempts don’t turn out the way you’d hoped – they’re bound to be a bit blurry to start with! Practice makes perfect, and macro-photography is notoriously one of the hardest types of photography to master. With time, a little effort, and lots of practice, you’ll be creating images you’ll love to share.