Most every digital camera comes equipped with a macro button. It looks like a little flower. So how do you know if you have turned it on? You either will be able to see the same little flower symbol on the view-screen or the dial will be pointing to the flower, depending on the type of camera you own.
With your point and shoot camera, the macro button is kind of like the flash button, you don’t have to detach a lens or anything. Instead, the macro lens is built straight into your camera. However, once you turn your dial to point to the flower symbol or press the button to activate the macro setting, you are officially in macro and can go ahead with your close ups.
Macro Photography is all about the details. With macro photography dealing with such a close proximity between camera and subject, there are plenty of concerns and problems that need to be addressed. These can be more easily solved with the knowledge of what can help make macro photography excellent. So before you start shooting any and everything that looks like it might be interesting when really close up, it is best to know about the “rules” that will help to enhance your macro shots.
- Use a tripod to minimize hand shake
- Avoid any angling of your camera and take a straight on shot instead of up or down
- Turn off the auto-focus
- Set your aperture to f/22 or as close to it as you can manage
- Use a shutter release cable or the camera’s timer to eliminate any movement resulting from when you press down the shutter button
- Work indoors whenever possible to be able to control lighting and to remove wind from the problem list, even when shooting ‘nature photography’
When working in macro, you want to do everything you can to keep your camera, as well as your subject steady for the sharpest photos possible. One of your biggest problems or enemies is the wind. Even if you don’t feel the wind it is there, affecting your shot. To help you see what wind there is, even the wind you can’t feel, look through your macro lens and you’ll see the blur the wind causes.
Also every macro lens has a sort of “sweet spot” where focus is at its prime and you can get the sharpest picture. Find your lens’ spot and you will be off to a great start.