Macro Digital Photography Allows You To Get Creative And
Explore A Whole New World Of Objects Close-up
Macro digital photography is possible without a DSLR. Most digital
cameras include a "macro" feature on the menu. This is usually depicted
by a flower icon. (Flowers are one of the most common subjects for
macro digital photography.)
This feature enables the photographer to take a close-up picture
without it being too blurry or distorted. It will focus on your subject
and leave the rest of the background muted and hazy.
Once a digital camera is put in macro mode it will automatically adjust
its other settings for optimum lighting and focus ability so that you
can get a clearer shot. This can be a great tool for amateur
photographers who may not have all the high-tech lenses and expensive
equipment that professionals often have on hand.
Lighting can often be a problem in macro photography since you are
typically very close to the item you are trying to photograph.
The flash from your camera will be more intense the closer you are. As
a result, the best macro photography is usually done outdoors in
daylight. Plenty of natural light can keep a flash from being too
bright and ruining the picture.
The closer you get to a subject the more light gets blocked. One way to
counteract this (without a lot of fancy equipment) is to adjust the F
stop on your camera, if your camera allows you to. This widens the
aperture to make up for less light.
Sometimes just shooting a photo from different angles can improve the
lighting and change the perspective in a new and interesting way.
One tip for getting macro photography ideas is to examine everyday
objects with a magnifying glass.
You want to photograph items with plenty of texture, shape, and light.
Look closely at a swatch of fabric, the grain of wood, a multi-colored
stone, or the center of a flower. Scrutinize them from all angles in
various lighting situations to determine what will make the best
Eventually sizing up the perfect photo will become second nature.
Another idea for taking great macro pictures is to only photograph a
portion of your subject. For example, instead of focusing on the little
hummingbird, concentrate on just his tiny beak busily sipping nectar
from a honeysuckle bloom.
The less busy or crowded the photo, the more attention is given to the
beautiful lines and subtle curves unseen by the naked eye.
Taking clear, crisp close-up pictures takes practice, especially if
you're shooting animate objects such as insects. It takes patience to
wait for just the right shot.
You can get plenty of practice on inanimate objects first, like
flowers, a blade of grass, a piece of candy and much more. The more you
practice, the better your photos will get. Before you know it, macro
digital photography will be as natural as breathing and your family and
friends will rave about the incredible shots you're getting!
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