Once the skies open up with a downpour of rain, it’s a good time to explore the little world of your backyard or even a local park. Moist flowers and plants can generate interesting and photogenic results.
Obviously, DSLRs and mirrorless cameras have a plethora of dedicated macro lens options, but some of the best compact cameras offer fantastic macro modes, such as the Olympus Tough TG-6 and Leica D-Lux 6.
In this project we are using the D-Lux 6, which has a good macro option on its fast Leica DC Vario-Summilux f / 1.4 lens. Its simple design makes it easy to use, with a simple macro switch on the lens.
With its large aperture, the lens lets a lot of light pass onto the image sensor, which helps tremendously when attempting macro shots, and it allows you to get closer to your subject. Alternatively, you can use one of the best macro lenses on your interchangeable lens camera, or even learn how to use a reversing ring.
A compact camera is a good thing to keep handy for everyday use – for times when you’re in the park or on the go, when you want to have a camera on hand that’s more versatile than your phone. .
With fall upon us, there are a lot of amazing things you can explore in a close-up world, and you might be surprised at some of the images you can capture. Water drops can produce interesting photographs, for example, so experiment with your macro lens to produce colorful results.
A large aperture lens collects a lot of light and can capture fine detail as you get close to your subject. The bottom line is to try and capture a shot where the sunlight is hitting the subject (you don’t want to be in the shade unless the light is too bright) and the sun is not behind you.
Use macro magic to shoot water droplets
When shooting macro, paying attention to the small details makes the difference and allows you to produce more spectacular images. Above all, shoot and have fun.
01 Create a perspective
Looking around the garden we found these large water drops on some leaves. The shot in front of the leaves gave this image a vibrant sense of perspective. Setting a large aperture and focusing on the raindrop results in a shallow depth of field effect. The drops themselves show a magnification of the leaf on which they rest, which is a pleasant effect.
02 Think about your composition
Combining the diagonal and center planes or applying the rule of thirds will always help improve the look of an image. In this shot, we have established a diagonal and central plane: the water drops in the middle constitute a focal point, where the diagonal of the rod guides your eye through the image.
03 Think about the color
If you want to take a photo with raindrops in the foreground, consider a contrasting color in the background. The orange here helps to bring out the foreground. You can use a color wheel to determine complementary colors, but obviously on the outside you are at the mercy of what Mother Nature has to offer!
04 No water? Pretend inside!
Of course, you don’t have to shoot outdoors – you can always try spraying water drops on your houseplants, carefully adding your own drops. It might not seem so natural, but with persistence you can still achieve some interesting effects.
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