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The 3 Mistakes That People Make With Macro Photography

The 3 mistakes people make with Marco Photography

Recently Vicki and I ran our Macro Workshop and this was an awesome time with the guests. What we like about running any workshop is seeing people getting outside and enjoying their passion for photography.

Photography means different things to different people and no matter what level we are at, we will always still get enjoyment out of it.

At our recent workshop on Macro, we were in a forest and the crazy thing was after the initial teaching session was over it was time for them to go and explore and before long they were all spread out and it was hard to see where everyone had gone.

As I made my way around to them all, it was so good to see them spread out far and wide and they all found their spot and it was heads down and off they were going.

The reason that the workshops are run is to teach people, not just to find a place for them to take pictures but to actually teach and that is one thing I do pride myself on is the teaching aspect.

I don’t claim to be the best at this as there are so many people doing at these days but I do teach and that is what the workshops are designed to do.


What are the biggest 3 mistakes people make in Macro photography?


  1. The first one that stands out is that people don’t have a good sturdy tripod. There will always be a couple of people who will have tripod that has been handed down to them from parents, grand parents or people who just want to off load a tripod that they were given back at the beginning of time and no longer want it.These are tripods that were made in the 60,70, or 80s and they are usually extremely light a and flimsy. This will not cut it in any photography. I know tripods are not cheap but why is it that people always want to cut corners on their tripods. One of the things that helps give you your sharpest image is the tripod. You can’t hold the camera as steady at the tripod can. The reason that the very old flimsy tripods are no good is that as soon as the wind blows, they are not stable. They shake, rattle and roll.

  1. The other mistake that people make when it comes to macro is that because they have chosen to save a few dollars and are using the lightweight tripod, they soon find out that the modern cameras are too heavy for the tripod and before you know it, you are never going to be able to make the camera steady on the tripod as it is falling all over the place. The older tripods that are lightweight and build badly will never hold the modern camera of today.


  1. The third thing that always stands out is that when they do have the right size tripod, they don’t have a tripod that either can get flat to the ground, or that you can take the centre pole out and place it upside down so the camera is level with the subject and the results are fantastic.

  1. Tripods are a key to any photography and these days when you are buying a tripod, there are many that will have multipurpose functions and when buying a tripod that is one of the key features that you should be looking out for.It is not hard to buy a tripod today that will be able to either be flat to the ground or you can take the centre pole up to place it upside down so it can be ground level to the subject when shooting.

I don’t know why when people are getting into photography, wanting to explore what taking pictures is all about, that the tripods is one of the last things people usually push as a priority in their gear. It should be right up there at the front. I know that they are not cheap and a good tripod will set you back between $300-$500. Over time this is a great investment as without a good tripod doing macro photography is impossible if you are wanting to get the sharpest results.

Photography’s best friend is the tripod. I can’t stress that. Once you have a good sturdy tripod you won’t look back. The balance is not to have one that is too heavy to carry and yet at the same time, not to have one that is too light. It’s a bit like Goldie locks, get one that is just right for you.

Avoid tripods like this below. They are not worth it and they will cause you grief. Cameras are heavier, photography has changed and in their hey day they were ok but now, not so.Look at the head of this tripod. It is not going to take the heavier cameras of today and it will not take any zoom lens that is worth shooting from.Pete 🙂

Why don’t you join myself and Vicki for the next Marco Photography Workshop by clicking the link below that will take you to the correct page.

Macro Photography 2019

Below you can see what I use. I use Vanguard tripods and I find that they works best for me and for the record I receive no sponsorship from Vangaurd at all. I pay for all of my tripods.

This is what I use and you can see it in action above. It’s lightweight and not to heavy and it is not flimsy and does me well. I’ll post some other pics soon with my tripod in action.


Pete Dobré

Author Pete Dobré

Pete's photography is self taught. As a young child photography was an interest. His passion for the varying landscapes of Oz comes from frequent visits as a youngster, to his Gandparent's sheep farm in Barmera, a small country town in South Australia. Pete Dobré is a Freelance Photographer who blazes the trail for 6 months each year, capturing awe-inspiring images. Pete's work expresses his creative flair, emotions and love for the natural scapes of Australia. He remembers the hot day when he was 8, leaving town for the farm. His parents had an old car. Within about 2 kilometres of reaching the farm gate, they were bogged on a small red sand dune. The flies were buzzing continuously and the heat was beating down. Sticks, leaves and branches were wedged under the back tyres, to get the car moving. His mum was in a panic but Pete thought that it was exciting. From that moment he knew that he loved being out in creation, with the sense of adventure in the wild. This is where Pete's passion began. Photography for Pete is an expressive means for visual communication. He says, 'There is never a boring moment in my work. There is always something to photograph and I love being creative. The only limit to creativity is a lack of creativity.' Pete's aim as a photographer is to present images that provoke and stimulate the mind, to capture God's awesome creation and to share this with others. If Pete can do a little justice to God's creativity, then he is quietly satisfied. As a photographer Pete's inspiration and passion for his work comes from knowing God who created everything in the beginning. Knowing God, the Creator gives more substance and meaning to what he captures on film. Pete sees his role as freezing a moment in time and history which will never be repeated exactly the same again. The light, clouds and seasons will always be different. Pete's love for natural conditions at different times of the day, displaying varying moods and cloud formations makes his work very special and eye catching.

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