Thursday, May 22, 2014

Macro/Close Up Photography

close up photo of a yellow daisy photo by mbgphoto

Taking photos close up can really be a lot of fun.  You see the world in a whole new light.  I am always amazed by the details in flowers when I get close up.  In the last session of our nature photography class the instructor talked about equipment for macro and close up photography.  If this would be my primary focus for photos I would want to buy a macro lens but they are rather costly and my primary focus is lighthouses and landscapes.  The instructor suggested several alternatives.  The one that seemed to fit my needs was to buy a 50mm 1.4 or 1.8 lens and then to get extension tubes for even closer shots.

The photo above was taken with the 50 mm lens at at 1.8 aperture. I have a bit to learn about getting the focus in the right spots, but overall I am very pleased with my first results.  The 1.8 aperture allows a lot of light into the camera and I am able to focus at a very close range.  The daisy above was taken with this camera.  You will not how just the very center of the flower is completely in focus.  The primrose below is another of my first tries with the new lens.
close up photo of a primrose photo by mbgphoto

Close up and Macro photography can be a lot of fun.  I hope you have enjoyed the tips on this page.  Happy Photographing!!

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  1. Macro photography is one of my favorites, well it was back in the days of photo film. A new camera is in my future. Thank you for the great advice!

  2. Wow, what great shots! And good advice. As I try to get more photos of interesting things, it's good to see the kind of information that can help me.

  3. As always, your photos and photography tips are terrific for budding photographers.

  4. Really lovely photos. Looks like you are having a lot of fun experimenting with your macro and close up shots. I got a pretty close shot yesterday of my oldest grandson (17) holding his little brother - my youngest grandson (1-day-old) of just big brother's face looking at baby brother in his arms. :) Enjoyed your article and reviews of MMcKinney's photo pages.

  5. Macro photography is something I would like to experience at a deeper level. It can be very tricky. I do have a 50mm lens, so I should learn more about the possibilities of extension tubes. Love your first experiments. So much beauty.

  6. I agree with you completely! I love discovering the detail of flowers, insects, all of creation through photography. It is truly amazing.


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