Understanding macro basics


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Understanding macro basics

I've always thought that macro photography was something of a misnomer. Macro shooting implies that I'm taking pictures of really big things, but actually it's just the opposite; macro shooting is the process of shooting small things. When you shoot macro images, you're blowing up small details or images of small things to macro size to view them up close. All lenses have a minimum focusing distance; that is, they can only be taken so close to a subject and still be able to achieve focus. Now, most SLR lenses can only get to within roughly a foot or so of a subject and still be able to focus.

If you're a metric shooter, that's about a third of a meter. Depending on the focal length of your lens, that foot may or may not let you get a macro shot of your subject. Technically, a true macro image is one that shows your subject at exact size. We refer to this shooting at one to one. An inch in your image corresponds to an inch in the real world. With the right lens, it&...

Understanding macro basics
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Understanding macro basics provides you with in-depth training on Photography. Taught by Ben Long as part of the Foundations of Photography: Specialty Lenses

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