Close-up Success: A Few Macro Photography Tips.

Let’s start with a good image to show you that I know what I am talking about:

caterpillar is hanging from a leaf, upside down

I’m just hanging out here.

Here are a few tips on handling close-up subjects:

1.  Make the background as plain and/or close as possible.  The software will take the background into account unless you use special focus settings.
2.  The button on newer cameras has a two-step process – the first stop is to prompt the camera to focus as best as possible onto the subject, then the second stop allows the user to choose his or her own time to actually take a picture. Some users do not know this and are confused when first using a digital camera.
3.  When selecting a Macro function, the closest setting is usually indicated by a flower icon on your screen view – the flash is not often allowed by the software, so consider an alternate light source in low-light settings.
4.  When taking pictures of detailed objects, such as a chipset or board, use the flash but drop a thick piece of white paper in front of the flash, and you should not have glare ruining the shot.

Anyway – Macro photography is a very hard thing to master.  Do you have tips of your own?



About Amy Barnes

Author has extensive experience in Retail, including two years as a supervisor. Educated in Psychology, Financial Accounting, Criminal Justice, and Programming. Work experience in Law Enforcement, Security (IT), Programming (REALBasic, SQL, VB, JAVA), Retail.
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