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What is macro photography?
Macro photography brings the smallest details to life-size magnification, allowing photographers to explore a world unseen by the naked eye. It involves capturing subjects close-up, from insects to intricate patterns in nature. Specifically, getting up close to the subject may not be possible as it may scare the subject or block out light. Using specialised lenses, it will allow you to create a working distance from the subject to achieve sharp focus and a shallow depth of field.
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Frequently asked questions about macro photography
  • What is macro photography?

    Macro photography is the art of photographing small subjects up close, often in such detail that they appear life-sized or larger in the photograph.
  • Can a macro lens be used for normal photography?

    Yes, they can, however macro lenses have a very specific role to capture the close-up detail. Macro lenses can also be used for general photography, providing that beautiful bokeh effect for portraits or a whole range of different types of imagery.
  • What do I need for macro photography?

    Essential gear for macro photography includes a dedicated macro lens and a camera with good resolution and manual controls. In addition, a tripod and external lighting for stability will enhance illumination.
  • What is a macro lens in photography?

    A macro lens is specially designed to focus on subjects close to the lens, typically capable of reproducing them at a life-size 1:1 magnification.
  • What is the best camera for macro photography?

    The best camera for macro photography offers high resolution, excellent ISO performance, and compatibility with macro lenses to capture detailed images with clarity.
  • Why is it called macro photography?

    Macro photography is termed 'macro' because it involves making small subjects appear "large" or "macro" in the photograph, providing an up-close view of details that are often overlooked or unseen to the naked eye.
  • Do you need a tripod for macro photography?

    Using a tripod in macro photography is recommended to stabilise the camera, especially in low-light conditions or when aiming for high-detail shots with narrow depth of field.