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5 DSLR Macro Photography Tips For Beginners

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Just call me a Canon-ista!  

When I got invited to go on a Canon Collective Photographic Walking Tour at the Melbourne Flower & Garden Show, I was like – “Heck yeah!!!!”

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We got to play with a Canon 70D and a 100mm macro lens { and adorn a highly trendy Canon Collective top! }.

It was my first time trying out a macro lens on a DSLR and oh boy, it was a real eye-opener to see things in such small intricate detail.

Here are some beginner’s DSLR macro photography tips I picked up :-

1.  Go manual.  Turn your dial from Auto to M so you can have full control over the settings you want.

tulips from Melbourne Flower & Garden Show

2.  Set your aperture settings first.  I found that the best aperture setting for my macro shots were between f11 to f14 as it helped pick up the intricate details.

3.  Then choose your shutter speed and exposure.  If you increase your shutter speed, there is less light so you have to increase your exposure – which is the ISO.  For example, when I was taking pictures of the bees, it didn’t sit still and let me do my thang so I had a quicker shutter speed and a higher ISO.  And then when I took pictures of cactus – which are static, I slowed down my shutter speed and decreased my ISO.

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4.  Get up close to your subject.  Usually bees scare the living daylights out of me, but wielding a big long lens made me totally fearless and I preferred the shots that I took of them when I was up close.

macro cactus, black and white cactus

5.  Look for patterns and textures to photograph.  They also look amazing in black and white.

And here’s a bonus tip – take lots of photos because practice makes perfect!

FYI – if you want more photography tips, check out my post on flat lay photography.

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After the tour, we got an A3 print of our favourite photo.  This was my favourite macro photo that I took!  I love the pretty details of the bee’s wings and the vivid colours from the purple flower.

What do you think of my photo?  Not bad for my first time?? #fishingforacompliment

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us at the Canon Collective Melbourne Walking Tour

And while we were waiting for my photo to print, I took an obligatory selfie with Mr LOL.  He was drooling over those Canon printers!  { He works in a printing company! }  I was drooling over all the Canon gear.  And Bunty…?  Well, she was drooling in Snoozeland in her comfy wee pram.

Thanks to Steve, Emma and Kirsty for looking after me and the family at the Canon Collective Walking Tour.  For more Canon Collective events, check this out.

Are you a macro photography fan?  Share your macro photography tips in the comments.

I received a free ticket to attend the tour.  This is not a sponsored post.  I was under no obligation to blog about it but I chose to do so because I genuinely loved it.

Memoirs Of A DSLR Noob

So I bought my first { and only! } DSLR 2.5 years ago because I wanted to improve my photography for my beauty blog.

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It’s a Canon 650D – which isn’t even sold in shops anymore as it was replaced by the Canon 700D.

I didn’t do any research whatsoever.  I just wanted the newest Canon DSLR camera – ‘new’ always means the ‘best’, right?

It cost something ridiculous like $1500 but I was getting the newest Canon DSLR, two lenses from the twin lens kit, a camera bag, some UV filters – so surely that was a bargain?!!!

Got home, charged the battery, attached the lens onto the camera, turned it on and took photos.

I expected to turn into some photo-taking goddess with breathtaking, high quality, prize-winning photos as I wielded this rather heavy bulging bundle of DSLR goodness…BUT NO!

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The first set of photos I took from my DSLR were awful.  And so did the next lot.  And the next.

In fact, I felt that the photos I took with my iPhone looked even better than the ones I took on my DSLR.

UGH!

How can that be???!!!  Surely, all you need to take better photos is an expensive DSLR?!

I asked my friends who owned DSLRs.  They all talked in photography jargon which I did not understand!!!

DO NOT USE AUTO!  GO MANUAL!  Exposure.  Wide.  Aperture.  Manual.  AV.  Focal length.  Shoot RAW.  And the numbers.

Oh the numbers.  WHAT DID THEY MEAN??

I was SO CONFUSED.

Then one of my guy friends said – Look, just use AV and you’ll be fine.

So I did.

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And eventually, my photos started to look half-decent and acceptable.

I did the ‘rule of thirds’ thing and I had ‘bokeh’ in some photos.  But they just didn’t have that ‘thing’ about them.

Secretly, I was still convinced that my Canon 650D was CRAP and that I needed the Canon 5D Mark 3 because that was THE BEST.  That’s what all the professionals used, duhhh!

This went on till…hmm…maybe  months ago…when one day, I had an epiphany.  All the photography stuff slowly started to make some sense.

I changed from AV to M – manual mode.  And BAM!!!

No, I wish I changed into the best photographer in the world by doing that one step alone, but I didn’t.

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Instead, I started to get a better idea of what I was doing.  I was IN CONTROL of creating the photo that I wanted.  And I was so excited!  For real!

I’m still a photography noob and my photos are still awful, oh yes, but here are 3 beginners tips which I think helped me a lot :-

1.  Take your DSLR everywhere and take photos of everything in all different lights and locations.  If you don’t practise, you will never learn anything.

2.  Forget about shooting RAW and post-processing editing.  That’s a whole new ballgame.  Just learn the necessary basics instead of going so pro.

3.  Read your entire camera manual so you learn the ins and outs of your camera.  And don’t covet a new camera until you know everything about what your camera does.  Besides, it’s more about the camera lens than the body!

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Anyway, I thought I’d mention that I still take photos for my beauty blog { and they’re still need a lot of improvement because I don’t have amazing lighting after work #blamethelightingyes } but my favourite subject to photograph these days is….yep, you’ve guessed it…Bunty Boo!!!!

Oh and I still do that DSLR nooby thing where I try and take a photo but the camera lens cap is still on!!!!  HAHA!!!!

Anyway, do you have a DSLR?  What are your photo tips?  Share, share, share!

Review : Dyson Cool AM06 – I’m A Big Fan!

Do you know what’s currently giving me the big O?

No, not *that* kinda O { I wish, LOL!! }, but this…

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That’s a big O, right?

More specifically, it’s the Dyson Cool AM06 – a desktop cooling fan, like no other.

My review can be summed up in 3 words – I LOVE IT!  I’m a big fan { pun very much intended! }

Allow me to give you 5 reasons why I { and you will too if you get one! } love the Dyson Cool AM06 :-

1.  It looks sexy.  Yes, household gadgets can look sexy and here’s a prime example of one with its sexy graphite exterior and sci-fi futuristic appearance.

2.  It has an air { hehe } of mystery.  We’ve had guests over and the Dyson Cool AM06 attracts a lot of attention from the men.  Their inner engineering brains come together like the geeks from Big Bang Theory to ponder how the eff this fan works without blades.

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3.  There is a remote control.  All household gadgets should have remote controls so one never has to lift their bottom from one’s couch to operate said gadgets.  And get this, the Dyson remote control is magnetised so it sits on top of the fan.  Too cool!  { I told ya, I was punny! }

4.  It doesn’t house any spiders or dead flies.  With my previous fan { which I chucked away as soon as I got the Dyson Cool! }, spiders would spin webs on the grills and flies would die from the fast-spinning blades.  Now, no more!  It is super easy to clean too…not that I do any cleaning around the house, thanks to my housekeeping husband.

dyson cooling fan, dyson fan, dyson australia, dyson cooling fan review5.  Last, but not least – because it is blade-free, it is baby-safe!  A baby who has abundant amounts of energy to walk, crawl and climb on all the furniture.  I wonder who I could possibly be referring to…?  *stares at Bunty*

I also decided to film the unboxing of the Dyson Cool AM06 so if you have 90 seconds of free time, feel free to watch my YouTube video and don’t forget to subscribe for more videos.

Disclosure :  Thanks to Dyson for providing this for review.  All opinions and puns are my own!

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