Getting Started With a Macro Lens

A macro lens is great for getting up close and personal with the smallest of objects. In fact, they’re great for close-ups of everyday objects; we’d otherwise not notice, have so much detail! When it comes to getting the best shots, however, you’re going to need more than just a steady hand. Getting the right lighting, setup and framing can take time, which is why we’ve put together a short guide for you on how to start making the most of this fantastic Lemuro lens.

What Does a Macro Lens Do?

Macro photography is all about capturing intensive details.  The world around us is absolutely fascinating – but how much of it do we reallypay attention to? A macro lens effectively transforms your iPhone camera into a microscopic powerhouse. 

After all, there is only so much that the naked eye can see!

Plenty of photographers love using macro lenses as they fill a shot full of detail.  If the subject of your photo is your main focus, a macro add-on will allow you to close in on even the smallest of objects at close proximity.

How Does a Macro Lens for iPhone Differ from a Traditional lens for DSLR?

While traditional macro lenses for DSLR can capture incredible detail, you usually need to be within around 30-50cm away from your object to get a good shot. With the Lemuro macro lens iPhone camera add on, you have to get up close and place your phone within approximately 3cm of your subject. That means amazing detail at a truly minute distance.

What’s more, a mobile macro lens is lightweight and affordable. Macro lenses for DSLR cameras are big, bulky and considerably more expensive. The choice is clear!

Now that we’ve briefly taken a look at what a macro lens can dolet’s learn how we can start making the most of it.

What is a Diffuser Hood?

One of the first things to bear in mind when heading into smartphone macro photography is the presence of a diffuser hood. The Lemuro Diffuser hood is used to help prevent unwanted harsh light and shadows from spoiling your shots. Too much stray light, natural or otherwise, can affect contrast and vibrancy. Depending on the shots you want to take, this is likely something you’re going to want to preserve. The diffuser hood can be of enormous benefit to smartphone photographers.

When the diffuser hood is mounted on your lens it will help you retain that perfect shot. Not only will it give you greater control over intruding light, but it will also provide you with the ideal distance from the subject you’ll need for most macro photography. Thatmeans it’s effectively acting as your ownminiature guide!  Your needs may vary, of course.

Do I Need to Use It?

Not necessarily. The diffuser hood can be easily removed. It’s a simple pinch, and pull technique. Carefully take the edge of the hood in one hand and the lens in the other, and squeeze. Pulling will loosen the fixture, and you can then safely detach the hood without fear of damaging your lens or device.

Of course, if you do wish to remove the diffuser hood, you’re going to need to think a little more carefully about light sources.

Is a Tripod Necessary?

Macro photography is one of the most precise around. That means you’re hardly going to get the best shots if you’re shooting with a shaky hand!  For cameras and smartphones alike, a tripod is often recommended for that steady, unshakeable shot. However, your needs may vary – it’s not an absolute essential.

Specialist tripods for smartphones and cameras are widely available and can be set up and transported for use outdoors as well as for indoor shots. When it comes to using a macro lens, we encourage you to make use of a tripod so that you can focus your energy on the shots at hand, and less on keeping things stable.

How Does Lighting Come Into Play?

With macro photography, you’re going to need to think about your light source. Macro photography relies on a well-illuminated subject. After all, that’s what your diffuser hood is there for – to reduce glare and harshness. Your needs, your subjects, and your shots will vary, however, so it’s worth considering a few general ideas as far as illumination is concerned.

  • Think about the light source you’ll use. If indoors, consider positioning near a window to get some natural light in play. This way, you can still create and capture some amazingeffects close-up.
  • Natural light can be used to incredible effect. We find natural lighting to be perfect for bringing out close textures and patterns.
  • Do also consider angles. As mentioned, a backlighting effect may be great in some cases, but you may also want to carefully play around with the position of the light to create different looks. Shadows can be manipulated to bring out different touches and grooves that only macro lenses can capture so well.
  • Check out some apps. There are many available for iOS which work brilliantly with a Lemuro macro lens. You’ll have a ton of extra gadgets to enhance your photos on top of your iPhone. 

You can also take control of the sharpness or contrast of your image while it’s being captured – it’s like photoshop on-the-go. You can also further increase your image’s sharpness in post-processing – apps such as Lightroom and Snapseed are well worth considering.

What Should I Take Pictures Of?

The beauty of a macro lens lies in the fact that you’ll never know quite what you’ll capture! A great way to start making the most of Lemuro camera tech is to get outside and explore natural textures and patterns.  This lens is built to encourage you to explore the world around you in more detail.  From a few blades of grass to leaves crumbling up in the fall, your only limit – to get a little corny – is your imagination.

 

Macro photos don’t even have to make much sense. You can create some fantastic abstract shots and captures just by focusing in on a variety of otherwise simple subjects. Art is all about creating a story with an image – and that applies to taking photos, too!  What emotions can you convey by going up close?  Can you work vivid natural colors from season to season to your advantage?

Macro photography is all about capturing details you wouldn’t otherwise be able to see in everyday life.  Therefore, we suggest you let your curiosity lead the way. Shouldn’t that apply to all forms of photography and creativity?  We’d liketo think so!

Where Can I Find Inspiration?

If you’re struggling to know exactly where to start, or which sorts of shots you’d like to create, it’s always a good idea to start exploring some examples. We find the best way to look for macro photos and shots for inspiration is to head for social media.

Facebook groups dedicated to macro photography will put you in touch with other keen macro enthusiasts.  Why not also get searching for photos and videos via Instagram? The hashtag #macromonday is, of course, a perfect place to start.

Getting started with your macro lens is all about harnessing the right stability, the right light, and just getting out there and exploring the world around you.  Go have fun!