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How to Capture The World's Hidden Beauty With Macro Photography
(With Basic Gear and At-Home Setups)
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Photographer, have you ever tried to get a close-up photo of a flower, but not been able to get it in focus ?
That happened to me last year when I was looking after my best friend’s 5-year-old daughter, Emma.
It’s amazing how differently she sees the world… spotting the beauty in details that I walk past a hundred times a day.
Her obsession with flowers and bugs meant she was always trying to get a closer look. This is how I got started with macro photography .
But the first time we tried taking photos… we ran into a problem.
We couldn’t capture the magnificent details of the flowers, because although I had a great camera and lens… it was no good at macro photography.
After a bit of research, I discovered there was a $9 accessory I could use to turn my lenses into macro lenses , so we gave it a try…
The results were so exciting, and Emma loved the photos so much, I’ve been her “favourite uncle” ever since!
I want to share our tips with you…
Macro Photography Became So Much Easier When I Discovered This…
If there was a cheap and fun way to master macro photography, 10x better than you can imagine now… and all you need is a simple guide and a few hours of your time…
…would you be interested?
What if you could capture pictures so amazing, your friends assume they’re admiring a professional’s work?
There’s one important thing you need to know before you get started… close-up photography is not macro photography .
Some zoom lenses make promises about macro photography which are simply untrue.
Most lenses will get you ‘close-up’, but to shoot true macro photography, you have to shoot objects at life-size…
That means they’re the same size (or larger) on your camera’s sensor as they are in real life. That’s real macro photography.
You can buy specialised lenses for this… but you don’t have to.
Because there’s a fun, cheap, and easy way to take stunning macro photos like this…
Forget About Expensive Macro Gear
One of the most common misconceptions about macro photography is the need for a bunch of fancy gear.
Following my tips and tricks, you can turn almost any lens into a macro lens with one of these three low-cost accessories…
- A reverse mounting macro ring ($8)
- Macro extension tubes ($9)
- Snap-on macro magnifier ($60)
Sure, you’ll get great results with macro lens too, but if you don’t want to make the investment, you don’t have to. I get the largest magnifications when I use the accessories above.
With some basic gear and a little know-how, it can all be so simple…
Don’t believe me? Take a look at the photos below:
The first image is the setup. I used a cheap camera, a broken lens, and an $8 reverse mounting ring.
The second image is the finished photo, which only took a couple of minutes to compose, focus, and shoot.
Spot the Beauty Most People Overlook
Life is better when we appreciate the little things.
And macro photography is all about spotting the beauty in details … whether that’s a flower in your garden or rust on a railing…
In the comfort of your home, you quickly turn your lens into a macro lens with a $9 accessory.
Without even moving from the spot you’re sitting in, you start to notice interesting details… like water drops on glass.
You bring up your camera and start to shoot without a single worry about lighting, settings, or focus…
After a small amount of experimentation, you’re able to capture striking photos.
Less than a minute later, you’ve captured a series of photos so detailed and interesting… you won’t stop shooting until your batteries are dead.
15 minutes later you’re experimenting with different subjects and colours to make your photos more captivating .
When you’re done, you have a selection of the most impressive… awe-inspiring… and interesting photographs you’ve ever taken.
It sounds far-fetched, but…
I’ve developed dozens of ways to shoot interesting macros in any situation.
I use simple setups, with basic gear, to produce stunning results…
Introducing: Macro Magic
“Macro Magic” is an online video course on the art of macro photography.
It shows you how to capture stunning details, with basic gear, from the comfort of your home.
All you need is a $9 accessory to turn your lens into a macro lens.
And to prove that the camera doesn’t matter either, you’ll see me shooting with the cheapest DSLR camera I could find.
This course shares my process for using cheap gear to capture professional shots.
Pictures like this…
Some of the skills you’re going to gain include:
- The exact settings I used to capture great macros
- How to use cheap alternatives to expensive macro lenses
- Why most macro photos are just close-ups… and how to avoid this common mistake
- How to capture more colour and texture with our grunge backgrounds
- The do’s and don’ts of aperture and focus
- Quick ways to find interesting subjects to shoot
- The only lighting setups you’ll ever need and how to make them easy to use
- And much, much more…
Filmed both in a studio and the local flower garden, we show you how to work with both artificial and natural light.
Even if you struggled in school… or aren’t the greatest at grasping new skills… you’re going to be shocked by how easy it feels to absorb this information.
Here, see for yourself with the free sample below:
“I would highly recommend this Macro Magic course…”
I found the macro course to be excellent . The videos take you through the technique step by step and in a logical and easy way to follow. It gives you the foundation to start experimenting with different ideas. I would certainly recommend it.
I have thoroughly enjoyed watching all the videos in your courses. They provide information that you can apply immediately and get results. The subjects you cover and the examples you give were just what I was looking for. I would highly recommend this Macro Magic course to anyone looking to expand the use of their photographing skills. There is a whole other world out there waiting to be captured in photos if we only look close enough.
Macro photography is a new genre for me and I appreciated Josh’s tips on inexpensive solutions such as the extension tubes. This is a great course, Josh provides a comprehensive introduction to macro photography that I am sure I will continue to revisit as I develop my skills further.
Gear. Settings. Inspiration. Lighting.
Macro Magic Gives You All Four
We’ve broken down this 4-hour-course into four sections for easier understanding.
Each section contains 5-8 bitesize videos that are quick and easy to consume.
We don’t fuss about gear.
Although professional macro photographers rely on expensive lenses and fancy lighting to get great shots… there’s a ton of shortcuts amateurs can take to get the same results.
That’s why we cover the different lens modifiers that will change your current camera setup into a macro photographer’s dream.
The only other things we recommend you have is a tripod and a shutter release for steady-shots.
One thing you’ll soon discover is that to take macro photos, you have to get super close. And when you get close, your depth of field shrinks to fractions of an inch.
That’s why it’s important to know which
This section shows you how I captured all of the images you see on this page. I experimented with a bunch of ideas, and walk you through each shot.
Everything from water drop refractions and washing up liquid, to flowers and butterflies…
Macro photography is all about having fun and capturing interesting pictures, and when you play with lighting, that’s where even more magic happens…
Bonus #1 – Grunge Backgrounds
(Value = $147)
Great macro photography uses colour and texture to stand out. Although the focus will never be on the background, you have to ensure it’s in harmony with what you’re shooting.
That’s why our designer worked hard to put these grunge backgrounds together.
Use them to add a splash of colour and texture to your photographs, and complement the subject you’re shooting.
Included are 12 different backgrounds that you can print at home to make your macro photography stand out.
Bonus #2 – Focus Stacking in Photoshop
(Value = $147)
When you get super close to a subject… your depth of field becomes very shallow too.
This is a great creative look, but sometimes you want to capture more detail than your lens will allow.
That’s where focus stacking comes in. You take a series of photos focused at different points, then use a Photoshop tool to automatically merge them together .
It’s easy to do if you follow the right process, which we outline in this bonus video.
Start with a photo like this…
And end with a photo like this…