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Chapter 10. 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 through 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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