When you take photos of something very close up, such as insects and other tiny objects, it’s known as macro photography. This type of photography is designed to recreate the object that’s in the image to be life sized or larger, which translates into a 1:1 magnification ratio.
When the image of an insect is taken it will therefore appear to be very large, crisp, and clear when you view it. The details in macro photography can be quite amazing and impressive indeed as you can virtually see every hair on an insect’s body.When taking macro photography, you should try to get as close to the object as possible. You can use a close up, macro, or micro lens to help you in this area.
You may also want to try using an extension tube, or teleconverter. Many people actually take their lens off and reverse it to get some excellent macro shots.
This can be done if you can figure out a way to attach the lens to the camera after turning it around. Some people will just use tape to keep it together. Another method of getting great close up shots is to take the shot from a regular distance and then just enlarge the image.
You might find it a little difficult to focus sometimes when taking macro photography as the closer you get to the object, you will find you have less depth of field. The lighting situation may also be a little tricky and if you can’t get enough light, you may want to use a hand-held flash unit to help you out.
Getting used to the aperture settings and special lenses can also take a bit of getting used to in macro photography and you might want to do a little homework on the topic before just jumping in.
However, you may be able to just pick up a camera and find a bumble bee to shot and end up with an excellent macro photo.
This can often be done because a lot of the newer digital cameras come with a close up or macro mode in their settings. If you end up getting a macro lens that’s designed for close ups, you’ll probably find it doesn’t focus as well when you take photos from a regular distance.
While macro photography is often used around the world for forensic situations, it’s still one of the most popular types of photography out there, especially with nature lovers.
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