Mag­i­cal macro

Es­sen­tial guide to close- ups

Digital SLR Photography - - Front Page - Words: daniel lezano

Few, if any, ar­eas of pho­tog­ra­phy of­fer such 24/ 7 shoot­ing pos­si­bil­i­ties as close- ups. in rain or shine, outdoors or in­doors, dur­ing the day or at night, there's never a time or a place where close- up pho­tog­ra­phy isn't pos­si­ble. You'll need to in­vest in some ex­tra kit for great close- up re­sults but, as we re­veal shortly, you can pick up some ex­cel­lent ac­ces­sories for very lit­tle out­lay, so while de­sir­able, a ded­i­cated macro lens is not nec­es­sary to shoot small sub­jects at high mag­ni­fi­ca­tion. The in­tri­cate na­ture of close- up pho­tog­ra­phy re­quires you to prac­tise some core skills, in par­tic­u­lar fo­cus­ing and aper­ture con­trol, while also de­vel­op­ing an eye for com­pos­ing in close- up and mak­ing the most of the ex­tremely lim­ited depth- of- field. The world of close- up pho­tog­ra­phy is full of chal­lenges but it's also one that is packed with re­wards, so while your early at­tempts may not yield the qual­ity you hope for, fol­low the ad­vice in this guide, keep at it, and you'll soon have the fun­da­men­tal skills you need to cap­ture clas­sic close- ups. Soon, you'll be ex­plor­ing your home, gar­den, street, park and fur­ther beyond for great pho­tos and, as you'll dis­cover, there is no short­age of pos­si­bil­i­ties.

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