Macro & Close-Up Digital Photography

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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…]

The Right Tripod for Macro and Close-Up Photography

When photographing certain subjects close up and trying to achieve certain results, the tripod you use can determine whether you succeed or fail. Knowing what’s available on the market and the differences [more…]

Important Filters for Macro and Close-Up Photography

A lens filter is a piece of glass that you position in front of your lens and that serves many purposes to a macro and close-up photographer. A filter protects the surface of your lens, cuts down the appearance [more…]

Close-Up Lens Filters for Macro Photography

Close-up filters (referred to as close-up lenses) screw onto the filter threads of a lens and enable you to achieve focus at close distances to your subjects. They can provide ordinary lenses with macro [more…]

Compact Digital, Fixed Lens, and DSLR Cameras

Which camera should you use for macro and close-up photography? There are three general categories for digital cameras on the market, each designed to suit the needs of a different type of photographer [more…]

Auto Focus or Manual Focus for Macro Photography

In macro and close-up photography situations, depth of field tends to become very shallow, so having control of your point of focus is very important. [more…]

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 [more…]

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