Mike Moats

Tips for the Macro Photographer!

Find Character. Know Your Environment. Think Before you Press the Shutter.

"Finding character in nature is about creating images that set themselves apart from the ordinary and mundane that most photographers capture."

Finding character.

When you are out shooting, go slowly and take the time to study every subject for interesting characteristics. All settings that contain flowers, leaves, trees, and bugs have the potential to reveal elements of character. Character is reflected in an object’s distinctive shape, remarkable lines, exceptional contrast, unusual pattern, unique texture, or special light. Finding character in nature is about creating images that set themselves apart from the ordinary and mundane that most photographers capture.

image by Mike Moats
image by Mike Moats

"Study and learn the patterns of the environment..."

Know Your Environment.

One of the benefits of macro photography is that the environment is constantly changing with the different seasons. The life cycle of the plants we shoot are changing monthly. Study and learn the patterns of the environment that you shoot in, so you will be in the right place at the right time.

image by Mike Moats

“Have I seen this subject composed in this manner before?”

Do you think before you press the shutter?

Once you find a subject and set up your tripod and camera to take the shot, do you think to yourself, “Have I seen this subject composed in this manner before?” If you have, then don’t shoot. We all study other photographer’s work online, and we have all seen thousands of images of flowers and other macro subjects. If you are composing your subject as you have seen it done before, then find a way to compose the subject to make it different than anything you have seen before. If you want your images to stand out, then stop copying others and come up with your own unique way of seeing a subject.

image by Mike Moats
image by Mike Moats

About Mike...

Mike is an international award winning, professional Macro Photographer from Sterling Heights, Michigan. I started shooting as a hobby in 2001 and it quickly grew into a full-time business. My images and articles have been published in Outdoor Photographer Magazine, Natures Best Magazine, Shutterbug, PC Photo Magazine, Nature Photographer Magazine, Photolife, Whisper In The Woods, Michigan Game Finder, NANPA’s Expressions Books, Pure Michigan Book, Tamron’s blog,and Fujifilms Newsletters. I’m proud to have won numerous local and international awards, and I was asked to join the Fuji Pro Talent Team in 2006, and a member of Tamron’s “Image Masters” and a Vanguard Pro. In 2006, I started offering Close-Up/Macro Photography Workshops. My first book was released in October 2008 and is called Tiny Landscapes. I travel the country teaching my Macro Boot Camps, and offer how-to macro videos and e-books. Also you may catch me speaking at many of the photo conferences held around the country.


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