Close up, or macro photography, can reveal an astonishing new world. From spiders and insects, to inanimate objects such as leaves, flowers or stones and everyday household objects, getting in close can provide a whole new viewpoint.
A true macro shot requires a lens that can reproduce the subject “life size” on the camera’s sensor or film. Many won’t have a true macro lens, but even with non macro lenses, working at their closest focus distance, results can be impressive.
Perhaps by adding some inexpensive extension tubes (there are some out there for less than £10 – they have their limitations of course) between your camera and lens, or perhaps a reversing ring, you can get close to your subject without costing the earth.
With this new miniature world comes new challenges. Depths of field become hugely compressed making focussing difficult, getting the light right presents its own challenge and even the slightest movement of subject or camera can ruin a shot. Having a steady camera and the right exposure is critical for success.
But it’s worth persevering because when you get it right, the results can be fantastic.
Photrain are pleased to announce the addition of their “Up Close and Personal” course for 2012. Check out our schedule, we’re adding dates, venues and new courses regularly.