Abstract macro photography

Abstract Macro Photography – 365 Project – Day 41

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Posted on July 04, 2015

As a photographer, I didn’t pay much attention to abstract macro photography, but today it crossed my mind to give it a try.

The thing about abstract macro photography is that possibilities are endless, especially if you have a bunch of (semi)useless crap at home, like me! :)  I found some screws, placed them in front of my camera and for the background I used couple of glasses. One flash was pointed directly at the glasses, so the highlights produced a nice blueish background. I actually didn’t need that gel on the flash, because later I decided to process the images as black and white. Other two flashes were shot through softboxes, one on each side.

I used my old Pentacon 50mm lens, with a macro extension tube, so I could get closer to the subject. Aperture was set to f16, just to make depth of field slightly wider. Shutter speed was set at 1/200 of the second.

Feel free to check all the other details below!


Camera and light settings:

  • Canon 600D @ 1/200 ISO 100
  • Pentacon 50mm f1.8 with macro extension tube @ f16
  • 3 x YN-560III flashes (details in the pic below)
  • Triggered by Yongnuo YN560-TX manual flash controller


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Abstract macro photography BTS


About the Author

Fran is into photography and motion pictures. He makes music videos, lifestyle documentaries, visual effects and motion graphics. Fran currently lives and works in Zagreb, but he often also finds himself on the road accompanied by his camera.