Capturing Close-Ups with Standard Zoom Lenses
Get close to your subject and then zoom in and out to compose the shot.
This image is a classic close-up of a bowl full of radishes sitting on a table, taken with a Canon APS-C camera and standard zoom lens. The photographer set up this classic “foodie” shot from start to finish. He chose the subject, the lighting, the placement, the distance he stood at, and the focal length he used (55mm). He was able to get the shot he wanted without having to resort to any special equipment or a macro lens. While that is sometimes necessary, it’s very nice to be able to grab your camera and a zoom lens and just take photos.
Step closer and zoom in if you need to capture a nice close-up.
Portraits shot as close-ups also work well. While the subject was getting ready, the photographer zoomed in to 44mm with his Nikon APS-C dSLR. He wasn’t standing far away to begin with. The combination of being relatively close and zooming in resulted in a wonderfully nice, tight shot of his face and pleasantly blurred background.
You want a nice, shallow depth of field in a portrait. You can get that by choosing focal lengths in the telephoto range as well as using a wide aperture.
Shoot a close-up to capture as much detail as you can.
Flowers make fantastic close-up subjects. They are beautiful, colorful, easy to find, and don’t blink. This is a nice close-up of a vase of flowers shot on a table in a studio. The photographer mounted his Canon APS-C dSLR on a tripod, composed the scene using the camera’s Live View mode, and kept camera-shake to a minimum by using a wireless remote shutter release. Taken with an inexpensive kit lens at 55mm, this shot is simply gorgeous.