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Chapter 10. Macro Photography > Getting Down to Business

Getting Down to Business

I’ve told you just about everything you need to know to prepare for shooting close-up photographs. This section will concentrate on the steps you need to follow to make your macro dreams a reality. Most of this information applies broadly to just about any kind of close-up photography, but as we go along, I’ll offer tips on getting the best results in specific kinds of situations.

The first thing to do is to choose a venue. If you want to photograph small animals, flowers, or small geological formations (I think of them as “rocks”), you’ll need to go out into the field and tote your gear with you. Be prepared with tripod, reflectors, and any other ancillary equipment you might need. In some cases, that might include a trowel or shovel you can use to rearrange the landscape to your liking, perhaps a cage or jar to temporarily house a subject that might otherwise hop away, or sturdy gloves to let you clear away the underbrush.


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