Photographing small objects can often prove to be a challenge for many. It is a world of flora, fauna and other objects that cannot be seen by the human eye, and for seeing which you need to have a very powerful and upgraded camera. Here is a list of guidelines you can observe for capturing better and clearer photographs of small objects in future:


Setting up your camera


Make a few significant adjustments to get better photos. If you are using a compact camera, switch to macro mode, indicated by a flower symbol. However, if you are handling a digital SLR, stay away from this mode. If your camera has a dedicated macro lens, even the automatic mode will do.


It is always helpful to set a small aperture on your camera. The depth of field is shallow as you move deeper toward the thing. Arrange your subject such that it is in a perpendicular plane with respect to the lens. Mirror lock up for less vibration from your camera’s mirror, and the self timer will help you get better sharper pictures.


Take the ISO higher if you are holding your camera. It is best to avoid hand holding though. In case you have no choice but to hold it, this higher ISO will let you use smaller apertures than you would otherwise go for.

The right lens can do the trick

It is always a great idea to buy a proper macro (1:1) lens for sharper and clearer pictures. Bellows are more helpful than most other improvised methods for moving the lens even more forward. Most bellows can be matched with almost all SLRs.

Extension tubes can come in handy, and does not cost a bomb. Instead of investing in proper extension tubes, take the optics out of old teleconverters. You can also use a reversal ring, though it is not the best of ideas.

Use your tripod stand

Set up the tripod stand. Now start getting closer to your object to get a better clearer click. But maintain a decent distance between yourself and the object.

Look for focus problems on your computer

If there is a problem with any of your pictures, crop the picture as closely as you can to showcase it to everyone.

Look for correct exposure on your pictures

If you are shooting manually, consider adjusting shutter speeds and apertures manually.

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