How To Get Better Macro Images: Getting The Basics Right

Martyn Guess provides some ideas on how we can all get better underwater macro images based on his approach to this close-up type of photography

I see so many macro photographs that with a bit of thought could be so much better. Normally these are either subjects against a very distracting background caused by shooting into the reef, or quick what I call ID shots with no real thought of the best way to try and capture an image of the subject.

Good macro photography requires us to follow a few basic rules and then to apply these to our images. The image needs to be well composed, striking and colourful with maybe some interesting behaviour or good eye contact and importantly, it has to be well lit.