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Chapter 10. Macro Photography > Made for Each Other

Made for Each Other

If it seems as if shutter lag and other features of digital cameras were designed to make action photography difficult, the reverse is true for the macro photographic realm. Many features built into every digital camera make these image grabbers ideal for taking close-up pictures. If you’ve been doing macro photography with film cameras, a few sessions with a digital camera will convince you that digital technology is exactly what you’ve been waiting for.

For example, non-SLR digital cameras have an LCD display that makes it easy to frame your photo precisely, as shown in Figure 10.1. Conventional film cameras of the non-SLR variety do a very poor job of showing you what the image will look like at close distances. Cutting off the tops of subjects, unwanted trimming at the sides, and other blunders are common. Yet, even the least expensive digital point-and-shoot camera can show you virtually the same image that will be captured, using the color LCD screen on the back of the camera. That’s important for framing the image, but equally useful when it comes to lighting your subject. Of course, digital SLRs don’t provide this kind of image preview; you have to frame and focus the image using the SLR viewfinder instead.


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