Taking A Close Look

Some of the most exotic and fascinating subject material can be found right in your back yard. Close-up photography, or “Macro” photography, opens up a whole new world of subjects – a world most people never notice. Macro photography can also be one of the most challenging and frustrating activities a photographer can face, with a whole new set of rules, guidelines, and unique problems – but it’s well worth the effort.


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01: Macro – A Closer Look

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A whole world of wonder right under your nose – that’s what macro photography provides. The best part – you don’t need to travel to exotic locales to photograph exotic subjects! What Is Macro Photography?Technically, a macro photograph is one … Read More

01: New to Photography? Start Here:

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Getting Started: If you’re reading this, you’re probably already interested in photography and probably have a camera – or perhaps this has interested you in photography and you’re considering getting a camera – or this has inspired you to get … Read More

02: Macro – Close-Up Diopters

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Known as “Close-Up Lenses” and “Close-Up Filters” (although they are not filters in that they do not “filter” out any particular light quality), are simple accessory lenses that screw onto the front of an existing lens allowing it to focus … Read More

02: Photography Basics – Exposure

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Understanding Exposure Let’s start with the extreme basics. Photography is about exposing light to a light sensitive material (film or a digital sensor) in a controlled manner. (OK – you’ve got a program mode camera, and you’ve always had good … Read More

03: Macro – Extension

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Extension – It’s Just Space One great way to get some serious magnification is to put some space between the camera and the lens – the further from the film plane you move any lens, the closer that lens is … Read More

03: Photography Basics – Metering

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Metering OK, so now we know what ISO media we’re working with, we understand shutter speeds, and we understand apertures – but where do we base our exposure? We accomplish this by taking a measurement, or “metering”, the light falling … Read More

04: Macro – REALLY Close

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OK – you want to get some extreme magnification – more than close-up diopters of standard extension tubes will supply. What are your options? Well, you have several – all with their own benefits and limitations. Below are a few. … Read More

04: Putting It All Together

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You understand shutter speeds, apertures and ISO settings, and now you know how a meter works, but how does it all combine to give me full creative control over my photographs? In a word: stops. The more you can think … Read More

05: Macro – Macro Lenses

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By far the most convenient and best performing option for macro photography is a lens built for macro photography – a macro lens. More than just a “close focusing” lens…By definition, a macro lens is a lens that produces a … Read More

05: Other Camera “Modes”

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What exactly is a camera “mode” and what’s the difference between them? Let’s go back in time a bit… Before the 1960s, just about all cameras were fully manual, but the advancements of electronics generated the first cameras with “Automatic … Read More

06: Macro – Technique

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Special Considerations Success in macro photography requires precise technique. The slightest camera movement records as huge shakes, depth of field is measured in fractions of an inch instead of feet, and simply composing and positioning the camera is, in itself, … Read More

10: Follow The Light

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“Photography” literally translates to “painting with light” – without light, there is no photography. Being aware of the lighting quality of your images, and manipulating it at times, can turn a snapshot into a beautiful photograph. 1: Never Between 10 … Read More

12: Reading Histograms

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One of the nicest things about digital photography is the immediate gratification – you get to see what you’ve shot right away. Most everyone checks their photos right after taking them by viewing them on the camera’s LCD screen – … Read More

Pets – Shoot Your Best Friends!

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They’re part of our families – they need to be part of our family photo albums, but getting them to say “cheese” for the camera can be frustrating. Although not quite as glamorous as an African photo safari, a photo … Read More

Tips For Fall Photos

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Falling For Fall Well, Fall is here – and soon the trees are going to be popping with color and people everywhere are going to be out with their cameras trying to capture that color. Here are a few tips … Read More