Purchase Lenses and Accessories for Macro and Close-Up Photography - dummies

Purchase Lenses and Accessories for Macro and Close-Up Photography

By Thomas Clark

Perhaps the actual level of magnification isn’t a priority when you’re composing digital photographs, but it’s still a good idea to understand what macro photography is and what separates it from close-up photography of less magnification.

When you gain experience with this genre, you develop an idea of what sort of magnification levels are necessary to reveal sufficient detail in subjects based on their sizes. You know whether you need a macro shot or can get away with less.

When photographing subjects that are smaller than your camera’s digital sensor, the ability to capture magnification ratios of 1:1 or greater is a very useful tool. The closer you can get to tiny subjects, the better. If you know you’re capable of achieving true macro shots and how to get there, then you’ll have an easier time creating images with the highest level of quality details.

Plus, you know how to handle yourself when faced with a salesman who’s trying to give you the runaround. Understanding how macro and close-up photo equipment works enables you to make the right purchase decisions instead of taking someone’s word for it.

A camera salesman wants to sell you equipment. If you say you’re interested in shooting macro shots of flowers, but you’re not looking to spend a fortune, then the salesman will most likely sell you something that’s not right for you.

Macro lenses are generally expensive, but they don’t want to lose the sale, so instead they may sell you on something that’s cheaper and less effective. At best you’ll end up with a “macro” zoom lens that provides a 1:4 ratio, but you won’t be capturing any life-size images of flowers with it.

By knowing the right questions to ask and the right information to give, you can get better service at your local camera supply store. Let the salespeople know if you want to have true macro-specific gear or if you would be comfortable with something of lesser magnification capabilities.

Discuss the lenses you have already and find out whether there are any accessories that can be used in conjunction with them to create macro ratios.

An ignorant customer might be content with whatever the salesman sells him. Let the salesperson know that you’re knowledgeable on the topic so he knows you’re serious about getting gear that’s appropriate for you.