se your macro lens to turn everyday, household objects and items into magnificent works of art. As Robert Capa suggested, if you're photos are not good enough, the you're probably not close enough. Get close. Real close. Discover a small world of detail with big world significance.
hotographing close-up subjects isn't as difficult as you might think. Especially if you have a macro lens in that camera bag of yours. Most photographers never seem to get close enough to the subjects they're photographing. I mean really close. But those that do are treated to a world of wonder that is beyond imagination. If you apply a few simple tricks and tips about shooting close-up photography you'll be hooked. I promise. More than likely... you'll be obsessed. Because you'll be viewing the world in magnifications that you have never seen before. Are you bored of the subjects, themes and concepts you're currently shooting? Then, again, get close. And uncover a world that's waiting for you.
hen I'm shooting close-up photography then I like to put on my CU 'game face'. In other words, I make my sole photography mission and session about getting those jaw-dropping and awe-inspiring close-ups. No wide shots. No telephoto shots. No normal shots. At least not for this session. All close-up shots. Limit your scope and purpose. When you focus on the small stuff only, you'll be rewarded big time. Trust me. Get close. And only close. Macro close!
ost kit lenses that come packaged with a camera don't normally allow you to get closer than 18 inches from your subject. That's not close enough. Close-up (or macro) photography begins where normal lenses leave off. For my close-up photography, I primarily use this Canon macro lens. It's not cheap, but it is the best in it's class. Most macro lenses on the market achieve at least a 1:2 ratio - meaning the image on the file is 1/2 the size of the object being photographed. Some of the new, more powerful macro lenses are 1:1 - meaning the image on the file is the same size as the object being photographed.
f your budget doesn't permit a macro lens, then you might want to explore one of these options:
You can read more about these close-up accessories right here in this wikipedia article.
he rewards of close-up photography are great. See and share the world like never before. There is a small world waiting for you that will inspire you beyond belief and imagination.
ere's a cool video on close-up photography from professional shooter Roy Todd. Enjoy. Get close :)
...and here's a behind-the-scenes video of me shooting close-ups for Jalbum:
oin world renowned photographer Jack Hollingsworth for community "Theme shoots". Close-up photography is the first in a series of these events. The theme shoots will be formed by us, the Jalbum community. Let's make it great. Help make this event a vibrant and fun learning experience. Anyone can join. It's free. Submit albums, give feedback in albums and join the conversation in the group discussions. To spice things up, Jack will hand pick three winners for each theme. Winners will be featured albums on Jalbum.net, announced in the Jalbum blog and newsletter and awarded with a 1 year Premium account.
I love to get really close on my pix, probably because my Baby Boomers Generation eyes aren't as good as they used to be. :) I'm not very good at it though, so I really appreciate these tips. Thank you. :)
Thank you for the aesthetic pix!
Awesome pictures, very detailed, and beautiful!
jack, thank you for pointing out jalbum.net and the close-up photography theme on twitter.
jack, you're fine. all new systems are confusing and I was born confused. drop by sometime for some Czech beer when you land in Prague. Then you can howl at at my "gear". You use what you got. besides I can't see anything on black backgrounds, so am always lost. miss out on half of life cuz can't see it.
some of you are submitting fantastic stuff. i'm jealous. keep it coming!
thanks folks for the encouraging comments, words, support. i think i'm going to love being part of the Jalbum community. please be patient with me as i learn how to use the system. more importantly, learn how to support you and celebrate your photography. it takes a village:)
Thanks Jack for your encouraging words and invitation to join.
Nice to see all the activity, make sure to join Jack's Close-up photography group!
Thank you Jack! I'm gonna have a go and let you have some of my Past and new stuff!
This is what I need to get a new start. THANKS!
Good idea both Jack and Jalbum , this will be interesting to follow and I may pick up things, can't know everything can we.
Yey! This will be fun to follow.
What a wonderful idea! Thank you so much, Jack and Jalbum.