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How to Choose a Macro Lens

When you’re considering which fixed macro lens is best for you, the first thing to contemplate is which focal length works for your shooting style.

When it comes to macro and close-up photography, the longer [more…]

Quality and Size of DSLR Camera Digital Sensors

Having the right lens for the job provides the image you’re looking for, but what you capture that image with is another story. The quality of your camera works together with the quality of your lens to [more…]

What Is Macro Photography?

The term macro photography has come to mean many things through time, such as very close-up images, life-size representations of subjects, or photography of magnified subjects. [more…]

The Right Tools for Macro Photography

You have numerous options for equipment to capture great macro and close-up photographs. You may already have a camera that takes great close-up photographs. [more…]

Why Use Macro and Close-Up Photography

Making life-size representations of your photography subjects referred to as macro photography. When used in the traditional fashion, ordinary lenses can’t produce an in-focus, life-size representation [more…]

Life-Size Representation in Macro Photography

Focal length, focusing distance, and final output determine how large a camera lens can depict a subject. Understanding these three elements of macro photography and how they affect your photography gives [more…]

Lighting Basics for Macro Photography

Lighting is an important factor in all types of photography, but the issues you encounter with light in macro photography can be somewhat more challenging than in most other types of photography. [more…]

Crop a Close-Up Photograph in Postproduction

Perhaps you're testing your lenses for close-up capabilities, and the closest you were able to get to your subject still left something to be desired, and you feel there’s too much unused space in your [more…]

The 1:1 Ratio of Macro Photography

Macro photography means creating an image in which the subject is depicted on the digital sensor (or film plane) in its actual size. That means it has a magnification ratio of 1:1, and if you printed an [more…]

The 1:4 Ratio and Macro Photography

In more recent years, the term macro photography has been modified to help manufacturers sell equipment that doesn’t have true macro capabilities. By doing so, companies can now sell cameras and lenses [more…]

Macro Photography as Science and Art

Macro photography is a valuable scientific tool and an art form. It can be technical and beautiful at the same time, and can be put to use by all sorts of photographers. [more…]

Choose a Ratio for Macro or Close-Up Photography

In most cases, the difference between macro and close-up photography doesn’t matter. When you have the ability to get extremely close to your subjects, you can reveal smaller details, and photograph smaller [more…]

The Benefits of Using Extension Tubes for Macro Photography

One of the best ways to turn an ordinary camera lens into a macro or close-up lens is to use an extension tube — a piece of equipment fixed in place between the lens and the camera body in order to create [more…]

Choose the Right Macro Lens for Your Subject

A key component to consider when looking for the macro lens that best fits your close-up photography style is what subjects you will be photographing with the lens. If you generally shoot inanimate subjects [more…]

Choose the Right Size Extension Tube

The relationship between your lens’s focal length and the size of an extension tube determines how close you can get to a subject while achieving focus. The closer you can get, the greater the magnification [more…]

Compare Zoom Macro and Fixed Macro Lenses

Some photographers prefer a zoom lens (camera lens with a variable focal length) for close-up and macro photography because it enables them to cover a variety of focal lengths without having to change [more…]

How Focal Length Affects Your Composition

A scene basically is comprised of your photo subject and the environment that surrounds it, and when composing a photograph you have to consider how you want to fit your subject into that environment. [more…]

How Macro and Close-Up Photography Differ

Generally, the arts of macro and close-up photography go hand in hand, and if you’re interested in exploring one, you find yourself exploring the other, as well. There’s a seamless connection between the [more…]

Make Zoom Macro Lenses Work for Close-Up Photography

A zoom lens with macro focusing technology doesn’t provide the close-up and macro results that professional or serious amateur macro photographers are looking for, and it’s not an ideal lens for photographers [more…]

Optical Quality in Macro Lenses

Not all macro lenses were created equal, but that doesn’t mean you have to spend a ton of money to get great quality. You simply have to know what to look for. [more…]

Test A Lens’s Closest Focusing Distance

Before you decide to go out and purchase macro-specific camera gear, test the photograph equipment you already own to see just how effective it is for macro and close-up photography. [more…]

Understand a Macro Lens’s Features

A macro lens’s features are basically its main selling points. Photo companies like Canon and Nikon use these features to compete with each other and also to convince you to go with the more expensive [more…]

Grip Equipment for Macro and Close-Up Photography

The equipment used to hold lights, support subjects, and to clamp props is referred to as grip. Grip goes hand in hand with your lighting equipment to provide ideal shooting conditions, and in macro and [more…]

Light Loss in Macro and Close-Up Photography

Light loss occurs in macro and close-up photography because the lens is so far from the digital sensor in order to achieve focus at close ranges. The image produced by the lens [more…]

Use a Tripod to Minimize Camera Shake

In macro and close-up photography, motion is the most difficult obstacle to overcome. You may encounter subjects that move (such as busy bees), your camera may shake during the exposure due to various [more…]

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