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Macro photo shooting tips

Tip 141 (Use of flash in macro shooting): The simplest answer you get for using the inbuilt flash for macro photography is – don’t. For the short distances involved in macro photography, the inbuilt flash can be very harsh and cause over-exposure. If you need more light, better to either use longer duration exposures, or use diffused lighting.

Tip 142 (Using the Flower symbol): Most cameras (including the point and shoot ones) can allow you to shoot macro objects. Look for the flower symbol on the cameras mode selection dial, and use that.

Tip 143 (Limitations of macro shots in simpler cameras): From the previous tip, you would have suddenly thought that you can shoot macros if your cameras has a flower mode. Be sure to read the documentation of your camera so that you know all the details – for example, I was using a Digital SLR with the flower / macro mode, and discovered that in macro mode, the camera does not generate RAW photos (a severe handicap for those who like to manipulate RAW images)

Tip 144 (Depth of Field and Macro shooting): If you do not know about Depth of Field and want to shoot macro, be sure to read about Depth of Field in detail (in very broad terms, DOF is the depth of the focused area in a photo vs. the area that is out of focus). For macro shooting, DOF is extremely small.

Tip 145 (Hand held macro shooting and DOF): With such a small Depth of Field, it is very easy for the target object in the image to get out of focus. You believe that you have the right focus, the object is sharp, but when you review the image, a small amout of movement can make the object blurred. Use a tripod to eliminate this movement of the camera.

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