Have you ever took a photo about a close object and the result became blurry?
Learn how to shoot close-up with just a compact camera or smart phone. Close-up (also known as macro) photography techniques come handy when you need a detailed photo about a product for your website, take photo about tiny parts, make artistic and interesting shoot about flowers, insects, etc.
Macro mode configures your camera for ultra-close photograph, forcing lens to focus on close-up objects.
Cameras vary, but typically if your subject is closer than 32 inches from the camera lens, you should be using Macro mode. Most point-and-shoot cameras will not be able to focus on objects closer than 2 inches from the lens, so be sure to step back a bit. If you are using the built-in zoom lens, your subject should be between 39 and 59 inches away.
- Select Macro mode
Once you set your camera in Macro mode you will be able to shoot at very close distance from your subject, thus capturing and enlarging quite small details and a unique view of your tiny subjects.
Almost all compact digital cameras available on the market have a built-in Macro mode, which can usually be set by selecting the flower symbol. Generally it can be found on the command wheel or it’s a control button on the back of the camera.
- Carefully focus your picture
The lens will automatically focus on a particular close-up object, but it might not be the one you want. Sometimes you’ll have to play around with the camera, usually by moving it around, pressing down on the shutter button lightly (but not all the way so it doesn’t take a picture) to re-focus the lens. Get as close as you can without blurring the photo. Once you have set the main focus, you can fine adjust it by carefully moving the camera back and forth. At times it will be even easier to carefully slide your subject.
- Take care of lighting once the camera is placed in position.
If you can avoid it, don’t use flash. Built-in flash generates too much of a harsh light. Using just the bright light of a sunny day would probably be the best idea. If you do need more light check to see if your camera allows you to pull back the level that your flash fires at. Another option might be to use some other source of artificial light.
- Hold your camera still
Avoid shaking your camera during exposure. Because you’re working with very close subjects, even the tiniest bit of camera motion is a problem when using Macro mode. A tripod can be particularly useful, even if you’re just shooting with a compact camera.
- Take Your Shot
Make sure once you’ve taken it to take a good look at it on your LCD, Make more pictures of the same scene, in order to process or choose them at a later time; slight variations in exposure, camera settings and/or point of view might be useful to increase success of you efforts.