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Stunning Macro Photography

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Macro photography is capturing a crisp image of a tiny subject. In simple terms, it is a magnification of the subject. Often times, the subject is smaller than perceivable to the naked eye. Today it refers to capturing tiny objects and making them appear larger than the physical object actually is.

To help you get started doing this fun photography technique, we have macro photography tips and some suggestions for photography tools and equipment you may want to try.

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Getting Started With Macro Photography
Any camera can do macro photography. If you love old-school film cameras then give it a try. For most of us, digital is the way to go. Most point-and-shoot digital cameras have a macro mode. It is usually marked by a small symbol that looks like a flower. This will definitely take good macro images. Even many cell phone cameras have a macro setting. When you activate the macro setting, you will be able to get very close to your subject.

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DSLR Macro Photography Tools
If you can afford or already own a DSLR camera you have several options for macro photography.

The most expensive is a macro lens (Nikon calls these Micro-Nikkor lenses). The macro lens is designed to capture the image with the proper distance from the camera sensor.

How To Take the Best Macro Photographs
If you can, position your subject and camera. Nature photography requires you to set up the camera and focus the shot. But still photography allows you to move the subject and get the shot in focus.

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Macro Photography Tip #1:
Use an f-stop a maximum of f/16. This will keep the main subject in focus.

Macro Photography Tip #2
Macro photography means a shallow depth of field. The background will be out of focus. This draws the eye to the subject and creates an attractive background effect.

Macro Photography Tip #3
Macro photography, especially nature, is about the object. For insects, it is the eyes, body, and legs. Flowers the focus is the center. To capture a perfect outdoor image consider staking your subject plant to prevent wind movement. Use the fastest shutter speed possible.

Macro Photography Tip #4
Outdoor macro photography is best on bright, overcast days. The lighting is even and most flattering. If shooting inside or lighting is not optimal consider an external flash (not the built in). This flash is directional and will add a bit of light without washing out the subject.

Macro Photography Tip #5
Don’t always rely on auto focus. Some photographers recommend only using manual focus. Give it a try! Your images most likely will be crisp and clear the more you practice controlling the focus yourself.

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