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1 Al­though many lenses en­able you to get close-up shots, only a true macro lens will give you 1:1 life-size images. If you’re on a bud­get, close-up diopter lenses (es­sen­tially mag­ni­fy­ing ‘fil­ters’ that screw onto the front of the lens) do a good job.

2 Depth of field is cru­cial at close fo­cus­ing dis­tances, as it can be mea­sured in mere mil­lime­tres. A depth of field preview but­ton is a def­i­nite ad­van­tage for close-up and macro pho­tog­ra­phy, as it will en­able you to see pre­cisely what will be sharp and what will be blurred be­fore you take the pic­ture. To max­imise depth of field, try to po­si­tion the cam­era so that the back of the cam­era is par­al­lel with the sub­ject.

3 Use man­ual fo­cus­ing for macro shots; fo­cus first, as this sets the mag­ni­fi­ca­tion, then nudge the cam­era or sub­ject back­wards and for­wards to fine-tune the sharp­ness.

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