Macro Setting

Have you ever wondered how a photographer gets such clear, detailed photos of things like flowers or insects? Capturing such close-up pictures is most often done with a setting that comes as an option on many digital cameras–the macro setting.

What the macro setting on your camera essentially does is focus on a very small area. The background often appears unfocused to further bring out your intended subject. Getting in close to capture all the detail of a small object is nearly impossible with the regular setting on a camera. Anything closer than about three feet becomes blurred. The macro setting changes the distance your camera will be able to focus and often allows you to take clear pictures from as close as two or three inches.

This camera mode allows for a lot of experimenting. Try taking a picture of a bee sitting on a flower petal or a close-up of frost on the window. You will be amazed at the details brought out. You will be able to almost feel the furriness of the bee and the ice crystals are beautiful.

If you are planning to sell at online auctions, a macro setting on your camera will help with taking better pictures–and better pictures help with sales. You can take close-up photos of such objects as stamps and coins, show the engraving on an object or allow a viewer to see that a piece of jewelry is flawless.

Don’t save your photo taking for big events exclusively. Take a walk and notice the little things like the pattern on a tree trunk or an ant carrying a bread crumb twice his size. There are interesting photos everywhere once you start to look, and the macro mode on your digital camera is the perfect tool for capturing them.

One thought on “Macro Setting

  1. When I discuss close-up photography with those serious about producing quality images I always suggest they stay away from electronic produced up-sizing.
    In my opinion, if one is really interested in close-up (macro) photography the best way to go is to purchase a proper lens designed to be used up close.
    I carry that advice on to those that think using a medium sized lens for bird photos and just cropping will produce good pictures.
    Again, I suggest that if they are actually interested in producing quality images, please invest in a good telephoto lens.
    I suppose it comes down to how one is using this exciting medium.

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