How to Take Sharp Handheld Macro Photos

Although sharpness is important in just about every genre, it is a particularly strong priority in macro photography. However, it is particularly challenging in macro work, especially when you are not working in a studio where you have complete control over the placement or stabilization of your subject. If you want to shoot on the go without setting up a tripod every time, check out this fantastic video tutorial that will show you some helpful tips for getting sharp images even when shooting handheld.

Coming to you from Micael Widell, this awesome video tutorial will show you how to take sharp handheld macro images. Certainly, if you can use a tripod, that is probably the best solution. However, if you are someone who likes to shoot on hikes or the like, it can be a bit cumbersome and inefficient to carry along a tripod. With the advanced stabilization capabilities of modern cameras and macro lenses, it is thankfully easier to get sharp shots while keeping your ISO low than it used to be. 

Check out the video above for the full rundown from Widell. 

If you would like to continue learning about macro photography, be sure to check out "Mastering Macro Photography: The Complete Shooting and Editing Tutorial With Andres Moline!"

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Alex Cooke is a Cleveland-based portrait, events, and landscape photographer. He holds an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and a doctorate in Music Composition. He is also an avid equestrian.

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That larger hornet looks like a murder hornet which kills whole honey bee hives. Should notify wildlife agents as soon as possible. These things are bad.

That's NOT a hornet, and it's not even a wasp. It's a moth mimicking a hornet.

When photographing that hornet, I think I would have reached for my 300mm lens.

That is not a hornet. As written in the video, it is a Hornet Moth that mimics a hornet. Hornets are not aggressive to humans and very rarely sting humans, so you don't need to be scared of them either.