How to take great macro photos

What you'll learn

1. How to set up to take macro photos using a large aperture and narrow focal plane

2. How to use Triggertrap Mobile's Sound Sensor to eliminate camera movement

3. How to create one of Danbo's awesome skateboarding tricks using post production

Macro photography is great way of showing the tiny details in something that couldn't otherwise be seen. With tiny little details come very precise focusing, and Triggertrap Mobile can help to eliminate camera shake completely. Matt Cooper shows us how.

What you'll need

  • Camera
  • Tripod
  • A light stand or something similar to suspend Danbo from
  • A Triggertrap Mobile kit
  • An Android or iOS device
  • A flashgun and TTL cord or radio triggers
  • Blu-tack
  • Tape
  • Bamboo skewers
  • Danbo or similar figurine
  • Props for Danbo to interact with 

A bit of theory

Macro photography is a lot of fun. You can use it to make the tiniest details in something look huge! You can even use it to capture details you wouldn’t otherwise be able to see, and make objects look unrecognisable.

When shooting macro photography, there’s a couple of things you need to consider: You’ll be working with tiny objects which means very precise focusing. The easiest way to achieve this is with your camera set to manual focus, and using live view to focus your image. So you should be pretty confident with using your camera on manual and with manual focus.

With such precise focusing, the last thing you want to do is blur your image by nudging your camera when you press the shutter. This is where a tripod and a cable release come in super handy. For Matt’s setup, he used Triggertrap Mobile’s Sound Sensor, as this allowed him to be completely hands free, and trigger his photos by simply clapping.

Another thing to consider when shooting in macro is what else is going on in your scene. Try adding props to your tiny scene to make it more interesting, and you want to aim for a clutter free background. Since you’ll be shooting up close, your depth of field will be smaller - this is another reason to ensure very precise focusing. A shallow depth of field can really help to bring your scene to life. If you add things such as fairy lights, tea lights, or even scrunched up pieces of aluminium foil in the background, this can create an awesome bokeh effect.  

Setting up

Capturing the photos

Post Processing


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