Four Accessories to Make Your Macro Photos Even Better

Sigma 180mm f/2.8 Macro Test

Creating better macro photos has a lot to do with lighting on top of your own creative vision. While the pros use a method called focus stacking followed up by blending in Photoshop, not everyone wants to do this. So what you’ll need to remember is that at macro ranges, anything at f8 or f11 probably won’t be in focus. To make macro shooting simpler, you’ll need to shoot at a very narrow aperture and get a lot of light into your scene.

Here are some accessories that you can use to get better macro photos really easily.

LumoPro LP-180

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One of the best flashes that is still very affordable is the LumoPro LP-180. Capable of delivering the near equivalent of 180 watt seconds of power (more than some monolights) this flash also features a great design, sturdy build and simplistic controls.

This time around, we’re going to recommend using it in the hot shoe of your camera and keep the light indirect but still close to the macro subject. Essentially, you’ll need to use it in conjunction with the next item.

ExpoImaging Large Rogue FlashBender

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When used with the LumoPro flash, this light modifier will take the existing light output and bounce it down onto the subject while still delivering very soft light. What you’re supposed to do is point the flash upward and the Flashbender needs to be attached to the flash head. Once that’s done, manipulate the flashbender so that the light is bounced onto the subject.

Think of the FlashBender as a large light panel that is being illuminated by the flash.

Benro Aero 2

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Though lots of macro lenses are image stabilized, we’d never recommend shooting macro setups without a tripod. The reason for this is because at macro range levels, every one of the slightest shakes of the camera is magnified due to the extreme close up range and can sometimes be magnified by the incredibly shallow depth of field.

When you use a tripod with a great locking head along with the flash, you’ll have a couple of measures in place to prevent camera shake. The tripod’s stability combined with the flashes fast flash duration should eliminate any flaws and give you the sharpest photos you can get.

LCD Viewfinder

Carry Speed VF-3 Universal LCD View Finder 2

Macro photography is most easily done using the LCD screen of your camera through the viewfinder can also be used. By using a magnifier for your LCD screen, you’re putting less strain on your eyes and giving the camera potentially less shake (though you could also use the delay shooting mode.) For what it’s worth you’re also seeing all the details and focusing area magnified quite a bit.