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Chapter 9. Macro Photography >  Close-ups Up Close

Close-ups Up Close

Whether you call it macro photography or close-up photography, the meaning is the same: taking photographs of objects, usually from 12 inches or less (frequently much less). Macro photography is not microphotography (that’s the production of little tiny photos, such as microfilm images); nor is it photomicrography (taking pictures though a microscope). Macro photography is nothing more than up-close pictures of everyday things caught in the act of being themselves. Because the intimate viewpoint is unique, the results can be fascinating.

There are several ways to achieve a close-up view with a digital camera. One way is to step back from a subject and zoom in with a long lens to provide a tight view using the telephoto/zoom’s magnification. Another way is to get in very, very close and use proximity as a way of getting the look you want. A combination of the two methods is also possible, if you have a telephoto lens/zoom setting that allows you to focus close, too. There are several important considerations to deal with in close-up photography, and I’ll address all of them in this chapter.


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