Close Up Photography

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Close up photography has a number of challenges that you must overcome. The greatest of these is avoiding camera shake. Regardless of how steady we think we are, when we take a photograph, none of us can be perfectly still. To avoid the problem of camera shake in close up photography, there are a few steps that you can take.

Set Up the Shot

Setting up the shot and positioning the subject where you want it before putting the camera into position is easier than setting up the camera first and then moving the subject to get into the correct position later. That way you don’t have to worry about setting up the shot all over.

Determine the Background

Contrast on close up photography is important. You need to have definition between your subject and the background of the photo so that you are able to see it properly.

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Decide on your Focal Point

Your first priority should be to determine what part of the subject should be in focus. When shooting macro or close up photography, your depth of field will be narrow. If you are taking a photograph of a penny do you want to show the words on a penny or do you want to show the penny? Looking through the lens at what the camera sees will be helpful to getting the best shot.

Use a Tripod for a Stable Platform

Camera shake will become more visible in close up photography and so having a stable camera platform is important. Using a tripod will help eliminate camera shake and result in a higher quality picture.

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Use Macro Mode

Using the macro mode for close up photography will help you take crisp images of something that is small and close to the camera. My favorite subjects are flowers, bugs, and spiders.

Turn off the Flash

Using a flash for close up photography can often result in an unwanted reflection off of the image in your photograph. Rather than ruining your shot, you will achieve better results if you turn the flash off.

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Set Up Lighting

Use some kind of diffuse light so that you don’t have too many shadows. Alternatively and even better, is natural light from the outdoors. That will help you have one less thing to worry about.

Set the Timer

Setting the timer on the camera is important for avoiding camera shake. If you don’t turn off the timer you will shake the camera and cause the photo to be blurry.

Using these tips will help you take excellent close up photography. The main thing is to take chances and practice the shots to get better at taking close-up shots of your subject matter choices.

For additional tips on taking great close up photography, check out the book “David Busch’s Close-Up and Macro Photography Compact Field Guide” by David D. Busch.