Accessories for Macro Photography
January 11th, 2006
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Macro photography, or extreme close-up photography, is often easier
to accomplish using digital SLR cameras with smaller sensor sizes
that effectively magnify the image. The best way to get these
close-up images is with some special digital camera accessories.
Digital cameras are great for photographing small stuff for any
reason—from pure artistic expression to insurance records. If you
have a collection of jewelry, stamps or butterflies, or you're just
fascinated by the frost pattern on your windows, macro photography
is for you.
The strict definition for macro photography means the image size is
1:1 or greater, that is, the image you create in the camera is the
same size, or larger than, the object you are photographing.
However, just getting super-close so you can see objects in ways you
may not be able to see normally is not as difficult as it sounds and
can be a lot of fun.
Digital cameras with larger sensors might require macro extension
tubes to achieve the same degree of magnification, depending on the
lens you are using. Fortunately such digital camera accessories are
widely available and relatively inexpensive.
Other camera accessories you might find useful are a sturdy tripod
and a basic lighting kit if you’re shooting small products like
ceramics, jewelry, crystal, and arts and crafts items. Another
lighting camera accessory is a type of flash unit called a ring
light, which fits around the lens and produces almost shadowless
And still another camera accessory for shooting close-ups in the
field are Photoflex light disks, small translucent discs that fold
down to about 4 inches and are easy to carry in your pocket, but
when unfolded (12 inches is a popular size) and held between the sun
and your subject, remove harsh shadows and smooth the lighting out
You can take great close-up shots if you have the right digital camera accessories
Author: Rod MacTaggart
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