How To Take Macro Photos In The Kitchen
Today we will be covering how to take macro photos indoors. For a bit of fun, we have chosen the kitchen as our indoor playground. As you know, macro photography has fast become associated to insects, plants and flowers. At the end of the post, we hope that you will see that it is possible to take macro photos without the inclusion of insects, plants or flowers. All it takes is a little bit of imagination and creativity.
For many people, the kitchen would be the last place they would consider for their next macro photography project. However, there are many interesting macro photography subjects that can be found in the kitchen. Here are some suggestions –
1. Look at what’s on the kitchen bench / table
You can find unique objects around the kitchen bench / table. Start by searching for interesting bottles (eg. oil bottles, balsamic vinegar bottles, etc). When taking macro photos of the bottles, remember to shoot it from a unique view – one which the human eyes are not typically used to seeing. This will add another dimension to your photos.
Try photographing some fruits that you have around the kitchen next. If you have never tried it before, we highly recommend you to try slicing the fruit up and taking a close up photo of the sliced fruit. Through this photo you will be able to expose all the detailed textures and patterns within the fruit.
Often the most boring objects can be transformed into a beautiful abstract photo. For example if you have a funky stainless-steel toaster, you may be able to compose a close up photo of the buttons, the lit up metal (toasting mechanism) of the toaster.
2. Look in the drawers and cupboards
In your drawers, you will be able to find some kitchen utensils to create a beautiful photo composition. Consider using the forks or spoons in the drawers and taking a macro shot of these.
Alternatively, look for interesting cups or bowls that you may have in the cupboards. You may wish to look for bowls or cups that have unique colors or shapes.
One unique kitchen utensil that you can use to take some incredible macro shots is the kitchen grater / shredder. Place a grater on top of a colorful material or paper so that it reflects the color of the material. You can then take a macro photo of the color reflections on the bumps on the grater.
3. Look in the fridge
Fridges provide many close up photography opportunities. Look for things such as cans of soft drinks/beer and vegetables. Remember to dribble some water onto the cans or the vegetable to give it that perception of ‘freshness’. Vegetables are sometimes quite interesting to shoot – especially the ones with mesmerizing patterns. If you have a roman cauliflower or broccoli in your fridge, then you will be amazed by the macro photos that you can shoot with this vegetable!
Macro Photography Indoor Lighting
When shooting indoors, you might not have adequate lighting. As such, ensure that you find a spot near a window where there is plenty of ‘soft’ light coming through. You will want to avoid direct sun light as this lighting will be too harsh and will cast unwanted shadows. If you are getting an uneven amount of light onto just one side of your subject, you can balance it out by reflecting some of the light back onto the darker side with an object that is white in color – this includes a sheet of paper, a plate, a t-shirt, etc.
For sharper photos, consider using a tripod when you are shooting indoors with natural lighting. This will help to reduce camera shake which is the culprit for blurry photos. If you do not have a tripod, you could try to rest the camera onto a flat surface and taking the photo with a timer.
If this post has provided you with some ideas on how to take macro photos in the kitchen, please share this with your family and friends! It is possible afterall to do macro photography without insects, flowers or plants!
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