How to Choose Macro Photography Equipment

Macro photography offers the perfect opportunity to explore the tiny world around us, as well as shed more light on the finer details of common, everyday things. If you are thinking about getting into macro photography, you need to choose suitable equipment that you can take with you on your journey. Here are some of the most essential macro photography gear that you need and how to determine which one is right for your needs.


Shooting macro photos in harsh direct sunlight is definitely not something professionals would recommend. As much as possible, you need to shoot in locations with an open shade, where you have access to high light levels and even lighting. A diffuser, especially the compact and mobile ones, allows you to carry around an open shade. This makes it easier for you to take the photos of the subjects that interest you without worrying about the lighting conditions. A diffuser is translucent and will let some of the light through. This means that you are able to obtain higher light levels for greater depth of field and lower ISO settings.

Extension Tubes

If you do not have a dedicated macro lens, extension tubes can be a lifesaver when you are taking macro photos. Even when you have macro lens, it may not always be practical for you to carry them around. Extension tubes are a cheaper and lighter alternative to having macro lens. They are simply spacers that are supposed to be placed between the camera and the lens. They are designed to change the minimum focus distance and allow you to get closer to the subject.

Macro Tripod

Most of the time, you do not need a macro tripod to shoot macro photos. In fact, any kind of tripod will serve you well when you are taking macro photos. However some tripods are better for shooting at lower angles. When choosing a tripod for your macro photography, choose the ones that have flexible angle legs or an adjustable angle center so that you are more versatile when it comes to angles for shooting your photos.