Close up

JJWP294In my post last October 26, 2012 (my my, and that was last year!) titled Macroing With A Point And Shoot, I shared an article on how it is to do macro shots without expensive equipment, basically just a point and shoot cam. In this first post on the second day of 2013 (Happy New Year – again – everyone!) we’ll go a little deeper. I said before I don’t do much macroing because I don’t have the special equipment and, much as I hate to admit it, I lack the patience to stand still and square off in a staring contest with bugs who have more eyes than I can count. But anyway, in that first macro post we’ve proven that we do not really need to have a plethora of magnification gears and lenses just to take great macro shots, and that even a P&S will do. In this new article I will share, it doesn’t matter if we have a DSLR or a point and shoot because what we’ll touch upon are the basic considerations when doing this type of photography. Photography instructor David Petersen (who is also the founder of in his article Close Up! Macro Photography and the Pitfalls to Watch Out For, lists the following essentials: composition, focus, aperture, tripod, self-timers and shutter release cables. Macro photography transports you to the Liliputian world, much like an alien space and dimension. An environment where bugs become giants, where tiny critters become titans, where minute droplets become humongous water domes, and where every little detail counts. The change in perspective is actually mind-boggling. We are not trained to see things in a miniscule scale. Yet always with practice, patience and persistence, we can dive right in and explore and discover. The results are worth it, and the experience is totally exciting. If you think you are into it, then you may have to invest in specialized equipment. However, before doing so get a grasp and understanding of how it is. The article by Petersen will provide you a grip and point you in the path of macro photography, if such is the direction for you.


3 responses

  1. True….I really had some good experience shooting macro photographs with simple P&S πŸ™‚ Also, thanks for the informative links.

    January 2, 2013 at 5:27 am

    • Junsjazz

      Thank you too Naresh! the camera is just a tool, it’s the photographer who does the job

      January 2, 2013 at 2:47 pm

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