Macro Settings on Digital Point and Shoot Cameras

Point and shoot digital cameras get their name from the idea that you can set one to its automatic mode and take images that are, for the most part, of acceptable quality. They free you from having to worry about camera settings, focusing on a subject, or anything too complicated.

These cameras are ideal for that style of photography, but some models actually provide many shooting options, and when used properly in manual modes can produce images with far more interest and aesthetic quality.

Most point and shoot digital cameras come equipped with a macro mode, which enables you to achieve focus on subjects from a closer distance than the camera’s normal shooting mode. The macro mode is typically symbolized by a flower icon that resembles a tulip.

Some models enable you to choose macro mode from the dial on top of the camera, while others make it available in the camera’s menu screen. (Refer to your owner’s manual to find out how to set your digital point and shoot to macro mode.)

This image was taken with a point and shoot digital camera at about one centimeter from the subject.

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6.1mm, 1/160, f/2.8, 100

Setting the camera to macro mode is the first step in taking great close-up images with your digital point and shoot, but you do need to consider some other settings and techniques.

Some cameras become fully automatic once in macro mode and don’t allow manual adjustments. If you have one of these cameras, then you’re limited to what the camera thinks is best when shooting close-up photography.

If your camera offers manual control while in macro mode, then you’re in luck. You can make the most of it by learning about those settings.

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