Macro photography can be a lot of fun...but it can also be quite challenging. We often end up with some disappointing images or just give up in frustration. Dang wind!

Here are three ideas to help with those environmental challenges.

Control the Light!

Wouldn't it be nice to have overcast skies all the time to take macro photos all day long?! Well, I like the sun too...but not all the time on my flowers up close. In the field, I carry a 12inch Photoflex fold up diffuser and a gold/silver reflector. They don't weigh a thing and can be folded to about 3 inches in diameter.

 12 Inch diffuser

12 Inch diffuser

Not only can they help with the light but they also help block the wind if you're not using them on an already overcast day. Bonus!

Flash is another option in the field. I'm not crazy about flash but others swear by it. A Ring flash or twin flash is often used for macro in the field as well as indoors. They're great for adding light to a dark situation and help with movement as well. 

 Ring and Twin Flash Units

Ring and Twin Flash Units

Don't fight the elements! 

Nothing makes a macro photographer more annoyed in the field than trying to get that flower in super sharp focus and the wind kicks up or you breathe on that spider web and suddenly it's blurry. Well, if it's too windy or you're going to pass out from holding your breath, just go with the flow! Think about incorporating Movement into your photo and try some abstract photography. 

 I performed a "Zoom Blur" on this palmetto leaf because the wind was blowing it around too much to get a sharp image.

I performed a "Zoom Blur" on this palmetto leaf because the wind was blowing it around too much to get a sharp image.

 I did another zoom blur on this flower because...hey...it's just FUN! I also cropped off center to place the flower in the upper right third.

I did another zoom blur on this flower because...hey...it's just FUN! I also cropped off center to place the flower in the upper right third.

Focus Stack!

Let Photoshop Help with those tough focusing situations! I know we've all been there. Can't get the depth of field you want on the flower without bringing too much background detail into focus or losing so much light that it makes you have to shoot at ISO 10,000! The solution...Focus Stack it!

Here is a link to the full article on how to Focus Stack in Photoshop. Just a longer blog post that I wrote recently. It's surprisingly easy when you get the hang of it.

I hope you've enjoyed these simple tips for improving your Macro Photography. There are a lot more in the E-Book in the link below. 

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