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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Macro photography tip: How to take close-up shots

“If you think you are too close, get closer.”
Macro shot is the best way to get closer and discover a wonderful world of details that most of us overlook or took for granted (or could not see). Macro photography is definitely a valuable style if you like studying the abstractions in close-ups. It is also helpful in recording small details used in scientific research, police evidence, or printed documents.

How to take macro shots?

  • Set your camera to macro mode. A flower icon on camera's control panel LCD usually appears when the macro mode is turned on.
  • Move in on your subject as close as possible. Then partially press the shutter release button. If the camera does not focus, its either you are outside macro setting range or you have turned off autofocus.
  • Once the image is focused, you may discover you’d like to change the framing. You may be able to move in even closer and get sharp focus. If not, back off a little.
  • When taking macro shots, it is a good idea to choose the aperture-priority mode so that you can always use the small aperture to increase your depth-of-field (DOF). The lower the aperture, the slower is the shutter speed so you might need to put the camera on a tripod to avoid blurry image. This is very important especially because taking shots at closer distance, magnifies dramatically slight camera movement.
  • If you are taking outdoor macro shots, put a windbreaker, like mentioned earlier, any movement in close-up shots is hard to deal with, as everything, including movement, is magnified. A piece of board or car windshield sun protector may be a good windbreaker. If no windbreaker is available at hand, you may otherwise use your own body as a windbreak by putting your back to the wind while shooting.


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