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 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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