Canon Rebel T3i and Macro Photography

Macro photography is ever so cool, and with the Canon Rebel T3i, macro photography with Live View is really easy. Excellent results are practically guaranteed for normal macro shots.

Canon Rebel T3i Makes Macro Photography Easy


Ever since my first digital camera, I have been captivated by macro. I am so excited that the Canon Rebel T3i makes shooting macro so easy and gives excellent results at the same time. You don’t even need a dedicated macro lens, although it is far better if you have one.

Shooting macro with the new Canon Rebel T3i is actually pretty simple. Just follow a few simple guidelines:

  1. Mount your camera on a tripod.
  2. On the mode dial, choose the Av (aperture) setting.
  3. Choose an aperture (in the video, I used f/9.0)
  4. Set your lens on Manual focus
  5. Use the “left side” button on your “set” dial to change your Drive Mode to Self-timer, either 2 seconds or 10 seconds.
  6. Activate “Live View”
  7. Use the focus ring on your lens to get the focus as close as possible.
  8. Press the zoom button once or twice to enlarge the Live View preview by 5x or 10x respectively.
  9. Fine tune the focus using the focus ring on your lens.
  10. Press the shutter button and wait for the timer to record your image.

Sample shots from the Canon Rebel T3i – Macro Photography

Canon Rebel T3i - Macro Photography with Sigma 105mm lens

Sunflower image taken with a Canon Rebel T3i – Macro Photography with Sigma 105mm lens

Canon Rebel T3i - Macro Photography with Kit Lens

Sunflower image taken with a Canon Rebel T3i – Macro Photography with Kit Lens

Two ways to take macro shots WITHOUT a macro lens:

    1. First, you can use extension tubes. These come in a variety of packages, but if you get Fotodiox tubes, they are less than $15. The problem is that they do not allow the camera to auto-focus, but since you are following the advice above, you will be using manual focus anyway, so go for it!

canon rebel t3i macro filters
Close-Up Macro Filter Set for kit lens (58mm)

  1. Second, you can get some very inexpensive lens filters that will transform your normal non-macro lens into a close-up lens. Just make sure you get the right size so that it will screw onto the lens you plan to use. The Rebel T3i Kit lens takes a 58mm filter.