Using a Macro Lens on Your Digital Camera

A macro lens takes a close-up of a small object, which fills the frame of the photo. Your digital camera can use a macro lens (either with a camera mode or with an attachment lens) to take a macro photo:

1

Watch proportions.

For any particular magnification, the closer you get, the more emphasis is placed on objects very close to the lens.

2

Don’t forget focus and depth-of-field considerations.

When shooting up close, only a small portion of your image might be in focus. Make sure to focus the most important part of your subject! Depth of field extends from one-third in front of the plane of sharpest focus and two-thirds behind it.

3

Crop extra material from the image and center your subject in the frame.

With close-up images, you usually want to feature your main point of interest right in the center of the frame.

4

Aim your camera and frame your subject.

You often have to use the camera’s LCD screen to examine your composition because the built-in optical viewfinder doesn’t show the image 100-percent accurately.

5

Press the shutter button.

Be careful not to press the shutter release button too hard, jarring the camera during exposure and producing a blurry picture.

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