Digital Camera Macro

Digital Camera Macro Lenses are fun to use!

Digital camera macro shots can be absolutely amazing, depending on the capability of the type and model of camera you are using. Some cameras can focus to within one centimetre or three or four inches of the subject being photographed, enabling you to fill the frame and capture great detail. But the challenge with digital camera macro photography is to make sure that the subject remains sharp. One solution is to use a tripod, especially if you are using slow shutter speeds. Another tip for digital camera macro work is to use the camera's macro (or close-up) mode or, if you have manual settings, to choose a small aperture.

The reason that digital cameras work particularly well for close-up photography is because they combine small sized sensors with short focal length lenses. This enables us to focus more closely on objects than we can with standard 35 mm film cameras (and yes people do still use them).

Check the modes your camera offers, before you start shooting, and if it has a close-up setting, use it. It will help you to focus accurately, while automatically sorting out metering and depth of field. Just be aware that depth of field will always be very shallow with close-up shots, which is why it is so important to focus on the part of the subject you want to magnify.

There are many different items that you can use for close-up photography, from jewellery to flowers. Insects like bees, butterflies, moths and even interesting spiders also make great subjects, as long as you get the timing right. At first experiment with things that don't move so that you can control focus and lighting before a little creature flies or moves off. You can also exploit the textures and patterns of nature with close-up shots, by getting in really tight on just a section of a something, a tree trunk, or stamens in a flower for example. Or try cutting open an orange and photographing the little orange cells; or perhaps the little pips in a cut apple.

One problem with close-up photography is that because the focus distance is usually very close, if you use the built-in flash, it can over-expose what you are shooting or cause ugly shadows. Generally a nice, soft natural light is best when working with digital camera macro.

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