2013-12-10 18:01:04 GMT
Macro photography is photography magnified. It is generally recognized as “macro” when you are increasing the size of an object in your picture from about half life-size, as represented on the image sensor, to five times life-size.
What you’ll need:
- DSLR with a bright optical viewfinder.
- Special purpose macro lens, not necessary but would be nice.
- A close-up attachment. This is a filter-like lens that mounts to the front of your normal lens and allows you to focus more closely.
- Ring flash or a flash unit if shooting at a low aperture. It is impractical to use your camera’s built-in pop-up flash because the length of the lens, with or without the macro attachments, will cause a shadow from the camera’s flash.
- Your f-stop should be no wider/larger than f/16 to get most of the subject in focus.
- Narrow depth of field. This is unavoidable.
- Use the fastest shutter speed possible to prevent unwanted subject motion/blur.
- Autofocus doesn’t always work well when shooting extreme close-up photography. Switch to manual focus and you’ll get more consistently sharp macro pictures.
- Shoot from unexpected angles.
- Try front lighting for deeper color saturation and side lighting to highlight texture.