Macro photography isn’t talked about often enough from the smartphone perspective, even though that is slowly changing in recent years as more and more manufacturers, including Samsung, start putting dedicated macro lenses on their phones.
Samsung’s got a huge list of mid-range and budget phones that feature dedicated macro cameras. Macro photos are also possible on the Galaxy S21 Ultra and Galaxy S22 Ultra, two of the company’s best flagship phones in recent years, thanks to the autofocus support on their ultra-wide cameras and a software feature Samsung calls Focus enhancer that kicks in when you get close to a subject.
Macro photography emphasizes minute details such as textures and patterns and can transform the usually dull and uninteresting subjects into captivating works of art. You can take macro photos of a variety of objects, such as flowers, bugs and insects, fabrics, water droplets, and more!
Here are a few tips to help you get the best macro pictures possible with your Galaxy device:
- Find an interesting subject, something small that we don’t observe from up close in everyday life. Be creative!
- If possible, try to position your subject in good light. If there’s too much harsh light hitting the subject, you can use a piece of paper in front of your light source to soften it up.
- Make sure to position your phone in such a manner that it doesn’t cast a shadow on the subject.
- As you can do with regular photos, you can adjust exposure to make the picture brighter or darker by holding your finger on the screen and using the exposure slider that shows up.
- And finally, make sure to take plenty of shots of the same subject to get the perfect result!
Also, here’s an additional tip: You can always use a small tripod and take a photo using the timer so there is no shake or blur. This is especially important with macro photos, as getting so close to your subjects often means it’s much harder for the phone to maintain proper focus and even a little movement can result in blurry shots. You can also use some third-party accessories, such as the Lume Cube Mini LED Light or the Xenvo Pro Lens, to make your shots look more professional and to get even further close to what you’re trying to capture.