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To capture a  image that is not easily visible to the naked eye is an attractive option that draws thousands of enthusiast into taking macro photos. Macro photography is extremely accessible, which is what makes it so popular among both beginners and professionals. With a digital camera — compact or DSLR — even newbies are surprised can easily capture really big shots of tiny objects.  Most compact digicams and most DSLRs have a selectable macro mode. In some camera’s macro mode is selectable via an external control, while others have the access through  viewfinder menu. Unfortunately, by engaging macro mode with the vast majority of cameras lose control over both:  the lens aperture and shutter speed.

Macro photography is one of the most popular forms of photography, and with good reason. It is a very broad genre. Studio fans can take macro shots of leaves, flowers, and insects, maintaining total control over lighting. Nature lovers can spend hours outside, searching for hidden treasures. Macro photography makes it possible to take great images of nature without traveling at all. There are, of course, a great deal of technical terms related to macro photography, but the most crucial is the concept of magnification. Once understanding the basics, for example the differences between life-sized images and 1:4 images, the rest will follow. And, although Nikon DSLRs with high pixel densities are technically the “best” for macro photography, you certainly can take great macro photos with any camera, even compacts.

There is more than a million different bugs in our world and many of these small creatures are outside behind the door. Shooting bugs or other small creatures can be really fun. To discover the world of close ups and macro does not require special conditions.  A garden and macro lens is enough.

The main rule of shooting close ups is to get close! Macro lens gives an opportunity to capture these creatures almost in real size. Also a tripod is needed to keep the camera steady. Especially while using telephoto lens and long shutter speed. It is smart to use remote trigger to take the close image. It is also possible to use timer on camera. Bugs have interesting bodies that give inspiration for very unique images. How mesmerizing is a colorful bug printed out on a big canvas on the wall for example. One of the purpose of shooting macro is to bring out all the details and colours. A good macro photography focuses on bugs eyes, legs, and body and lets a person close into their small worlds. For example a spider in the nest tells an interesting story.

When it comes to composition then background colour is important. If the object is dark  then lighter background brings out the creature. Using low depth of field gives an opportunity to bring out the bug from the background. Using wide aperture helps blur the background.Macro photos are really accessible,since they can be done in the backyard.

The other option that nature photographers use is positioning the camera so: objects lightened brighter are shot with darker background. If both background and object are light then it is difficult to differ them. A piece of paper behind the object works as a remote studio. Small creatures are more active with warm weather. It is wise to shoot them in the mornings or evenings. Because they move slower when it is not so warm. Also the light at that time is more attractive. The best rule is that keeping it simple gives the best effects. Being patient will pay off.  A good understanding of depth of field and bringing out the object are important parts of shooting macro.

A quiet non windy weather is best for shooting macro. If the sun is shining then the light might have too much contrast. White umbrella covering the subject and softening the sunlight is a good idea.

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