One of the simplest and more satisfying types of photography is of course, macro photography. Macro photography is defined as the close up focus of a subject with the use of a strong lens. You need a lens that can focus at a 1:1 ratio. An example is the use of the 35mm camera. You focus on an object that will fit into the screen as 24x36mm because this is the area size in the film. The Subject will be the exact same size as the image on the film, negative or slide. The joy of macro photography is that you are able to notice all of the great detail in a subject that you may have never noticed before, that makes the subject even more intriguing.
You can use macro photography on many subjects such as minerals, flowers, snowflakes, butterflies, plants and so on. You can use your yard, the forest and the beach; these places can supply you with hours and hours of enjoyment for macro photography. There is no reason to subject yourself only to nature with macro photography either, you can use it for your collections of stamps, coins, or anything that you feel will be appealing to the eye. Even the advanced photographer can find something new and exciting about macro photography. Some people have used it for documentation of valuables for insurance and so on. There is no limit to the enjoyment you can derive from macro photography, you may have 1 single subject that can give you hours of possibilities.
SLR digital cameras are a great choice if you would like to try your hand at macro photography. You can get the type of camera with interchangeable lenses and the investment will be well worth your purchase price. If you’re planning on doing a lot of work out of doors then it is recommended that you go with the 200mm or 180mm macro lens. You can also use the close up diopter lenses, reversing rings, or extension tubes.
The extension tube goes between the lens and the camera body. It does not contain any glass, and the reason for its use is to offer more space between the digital sensor and the film to allow magnification. A reversing ring is used just as it sounds, you can attach the lens in reverse. The close-up diopter goes in front of the camera lens. It can give closer focus ability at a good price, but the quality is sometimes not the best.
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