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Macro

Getting The Most out of Macro Mode

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Getting The Most out of Macro Mode

There was once a time when you needed a DSLR and a pretty expensive macro lens in order to capture excellent macro photos. Sure, you could add screw-on close-up filters and extension tubes to a regular lens and use that to get pretty close to your subject, but that still required that you own a DSLR. If all you had was a point-and-shoot or other camera without interchangeable lenses, you were pretty much out of luck.

The digital age has brought lots of innovations in camera technology, and one of those innovations is that you are no longer required to own an expensive SLR camera in order to take amazing close-up photos of small objects. Today, most point-and-shoot cameras have a macro mode, which allows you to get anywhere from 10 cm to up to 2 cm away from your subject. That means you can focus in on incredibly small objects and get richly detailed photographs of those objects without having to spend a fortune on equipment.
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What is focus stacking?

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What is focus stacking?

At some point, just about every photographer turns his attention away from those more obvious subjects, and points his camera at the things that we don’t often see—those tiny, thumbnail-sized things that we pass by every day but rarely stop to appreciate. Macro photography is a very attractive genre for many photographers, and it’s becoming more accessible as camera technology improves, and the cost of dedicated macro lenses goes down.

But if you started shooting macro without a whole lot of formal instruction, you may have noticed that your macro shots don’t look like a lot of those beautiful macros that you’ve admired on Flickr, or in magazines like National Geographic. To understand what I mean, keep reading.
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Macro Photography Without a DSLR

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Macro Photography Without a DSLR

If you love those wonderful, close-up photos of flower stamens, insects and lizard skin, but you don’t own a DSLR, you may be under the mistaken impression that you’ll only ever be able to enjoy other people’s macro photos… you’ll never be able to shoot any of your own.

Lucky for you, nothing could be further from the truth. Macro photography is open to everyone, not just those fortunate enough to own an expensive DSLR along with an expensive macro lens. Most modern point-and-shoot cameras, in fact, have macro capabilities built right into them – but to get the best macro shots out of your point-and-shoot camera you have to know how a few tricks. Read on to find out what they are.
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Photographing Insects and Spiders

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Photographing Insects and Spiders

Let’s say you just found a black widow spider living in your woodpile. Do you A) scream and run away B) scream and run away, then come back armed with a can of NAPALM and a flame thrower or C) get your camera?

The answer is “C” of course! And after you take that picture, what you do with that spider is of course up to you. Though I personally don’t suggest NAPALM or flame throwers as safe extermination methods.

Of course I’m not really here to give you pest control advice. I’m here to tell you how to capture that spider with your camera. Because getting a great shot of a spider or an insect isn’t just a simple matter of grabbing your macro lens and tripod. Insect photography requires some special tricks and techniques and yes, some sneakiness. Read on to find out how.
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Photographing Mushrooms

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Photographing Mushrooms

“Fungal photography.” That’s like viral photography, right? Only slower moving and … itchier. Actually, no. “Fungal photography” is the quite literal term used to describe what for many people is a passion – photographing mushrooms. You won’t find much glamour in this little corner of the photography world. Mushroom photography can be dirty – like a growing in dung kind of dirty – and since mushrooms prefer damp, cool places seeking them out can sometimes be a miserable endeavor. But viewed through a camera lens when the light is just right, a mushroom can have beauty that goes far beyond those still-dirty button mushrooms and portobellos you find in your supermarket. Finding and shooting mushrooms can be a great challenge both physically and artistically, which, of course, is why you should do it.
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Macro Lenses

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Macro Lenses

You’d think it would be easy to find a bug or a small flower and zoom right in and photograph it. That is until you try it. Macro photography is trickier than most would think. If you want to gain those magnificent results that go with it, you need to know what you’re doing. Macro photos have a way of taking a finite world and magnifying it to a grand level that captures your attention. Quite different from landscape photography’s broad scope, it tends to amaze viewers in different ways. This photo of the frog, captured with a 100mm macro lens, is a great example of a macro photograph that makes you want to go hangout on a lily pad! For the best macro results, follow some of these guidelines.
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Adding Dew Drops to Enhance a Macro Photograph

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Adding Dew Drops to Enhance a Macro Photograph

If you look at two macro photographs of the same flower, leaf, or spider web and the only difference is that one has a dew drop on it and the other doesn’t, the dew drop photo will be favored every time. That small bit of water adds so much to an image between light and reflection that it always draws the eye in to examine it a bit closer. It seems like photographers who capture these images are out there after every rainstorm waiting for the perfect light and drops to complete their nature image. Are they really wearing their galoshes and trekking through mud to find the right flower sprinkled in dew? Some might be, but I assure you, many are not. So, what’s the trick up their photo-sleeve? Read on.
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Close Up! Macro Photography and the Pitfalls to Watch Out For

Close Up! Macro Photography and the Pitfalls to Watch Out For

You’ve seen them. The pictures of bees inside colorful flowers that make you feel like you’re privy to a world that only exists to creatures smaller than the tiniest of field mice. Or the raindrop rolling off a leaf that’s changing colors in fall’s peak foliage. One thing’s for certain, macro photography tends to offer some of the most beautiful images. So, how can you join the ranks of macro photographers extraordinaire? Today, we’ll give you some tips to try and pitfalls to avoid.
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3 Things Macro Photography Can Teach You About Taking Portraits

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3 Things Macro Photography Can Teach You About Taking Portraits

Over the years, I’ve learned that a lot of photography skills bleed into other areas. If you learn about action photography, it’ll help you learn how to take pictures of waterfalls. If you know how to photograph snow, you’ll probably be good at photographing sand. Another example is macro photography. Very few people know that macro photography is a primer for taking perfect portraits. How so? Here are a few reasons why.
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Using Macro Mode Effectively: A Point And Shoot Tutorial

Using Macro Mode Effectively: A Point And Shoot Tutorial

Digital SLRs may have the upper hand when it comes to shooting macro, but that doesn’t mean us point-and-shoot owners have to give up. You’d be surprised with what you can do using your point-and-shoot camera’s macro shooting mode. As long as you employ the right techniques, you can create some truly stunning macro photography. Here’s how.
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How To Photograph Small Insects

How To Photograph Small Insects

Insects are a subject with boundless possibilities, and you can find them everywhere you look. With summer upon us (and spring really close for those in the southern hemisphere), now is the time to get out there and take some amazing insect images. You don’t need the most expensive camera setup to take these interesting photos right from your back yard. I’ll show you how.
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How To Photograph Insects

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How To Photograph Insects

So you’re ready to take your photography into the field and snap some shots of insects. While it might seem like a day in the park (quite literally), there are a lot of variables that go into getting a great picture of an insect. If you have struggled for years with poorly lit, underexposed, and blurry insect photos, then this tutorial is for you.
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Macro Photography Without an Expensive Camera

Macro Photography Without an Expensive Camera

You wonder how it is done. How is it possible to get something as tiny as an insect to appear larger than life? You have probably tried to get really close to small things and photograph them, but you have undoubtedly learned just how challenging it can be. Many people think they need a very expensive camera setup to get great macro photographs, but this isn’t necessarily true. You can use a point and shoot to take macro pictures that are almost as good as what you would get with a digital SLR. It all depends on how you take the shot.
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