Sunday, September 7, 2008

You learn MACRO fast, my young grasshopper!

Macro photography is essentially the art of taking pictures of something very close-up or "in your face." If you are of the squeamish types, or you don't like bugs, you may want to avert your eyes from the photo. Rest assured, no insects were harmed in the taking of this photo. So, how do you take a Macro photo? If you have a digital point-n-shoot camera, you may have noticed a setting with the image of a flower on it. Sometimes it is shown in conjunction with a picture of a mountain. The flower represents a close-up picture. The mountain represents a landscape picture. Did you find that setting on your camera? Excellent! Now what? You could take a picture of a fern-eating grasshopper, like we have here. By the way, this photo was taken with a Canon SD850 point-n-shoot, just to prove you don't need a camera the size of shoulder-mounted artillery to do this. Click on the photo to see a much-larger stomach-wrenching view. Don't concentrate on the bug - look at the tiny details that you can now see! It's as almost as if your camera were a microscope!

Go out and start looking at life as if you were a mouse or a bug. What would things look like if you took a picture REALLY close? Most of the time, you can do these photos with a steady hand, but sometimes you may need a small tripod. Take pictures of flowers, coins, sugar packets, the bristles on your hair brush - anything. See what happens!

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