Complete Macro Photography Tutorial for Beginners

Spencer Cox, award-winning Macro Photographer exhibited at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, explains his macro photography tips in this complete tutorial.


– How To Light Macro Photos:

– Recommended diffuser:

– Diffraction article:

Not mentioned in the video (but something you might find useful) is the comprehensive guide to macro photography on our website:


Note from Spencer:

Thank you for your feedback on our first weekly video at Photography Life!

I’ve always wanted to do a video on macro photography. My first lens (other than an 18-55 kit) was the Nikon 105mm macro, and I shot with it almost exclusively for a year. Macro photography is the reason I became a photographer in the first place, so hopefully this video inspires someone else down the same path!

The best part about macro photography to me is that you can take world-class images literally in your backyard. It’s also one of the best cures for “photographer’s block” because you never know what you might find, and there’s just so much to be inspired by.

Anyway, I hope this video clears up some of the technical hurdles of macro photography. This genre definitely requires specialized camera settings and focusing technique, but it’s not too hard to learn. Let me know below if you have any questions, and I’ll do my best to answer.

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