Choose the best lens for macro photography.
Find the best lens for macro photography and edit stunning photos of even the smallest objects with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom.
Macro photography is close-up photography of small subjects, like insects, leaves, and flowers. The best macro photography renders these tiny worlds in striking detail and hyper-focus but requires special lenses and detailed editing.
Learn how to take larger-than-life images of the small life all around you with these tips on lens selection, composition, and photo editing with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom.
How to pick the best macro photography lens.
Two words you’ll need to remember when choosing the best lens for macro photography are focal length and magnification. Lens focal length indicates how much of a scene will be captured on the camera, and the magnification indicates how large the elements of the photo will be. The longer the focal length, the narrower the angle of view and the higher the magnification. That’s what you’ll want for macro photography.
The most popular macro lenses have focal lengths between 90 and 105 mm and 1:1 magnification, which indicates that the subject has reached “life-sized” magnification.
Discover key features for stunning macro photography edits.
Try some of these presets and key editing features to really make your photos pop:
- Cropping: Frame your subject in a magnified, compelling way to draw attention to detail and minimize background distraction.
- Brush or radial adjustment: Get even more focused and heighten detail on focal points of your subject with these selective sharpening tools.
- Vibrance: Create more contrast between your subject and the background with vibrance. Increase your subject’s vibrance to make its color bolder. Decrease the background’s vibrance to focus attention on the subject.
Explore what more you can do with Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom to play with effects, adjustments and find a macro photography style that works for you.