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Weekend assigment June 9, 2006: Macro and close-up

This weekend’s assignment is based on the previous article: An introduction to macro and close-up photography. Macro photography is challenging but it can be a lot of fun and it’s certainly something a little different. You’ll find macro opportunities from as close as your desk, to your back yard, to wherever you might go this weekend. Most cameras have a macro setting optimized for shooting close-ups so please join in. As always, share your results with the rest of us in the Photodoto discussion group. I’d love to discuss any challenges you had or innovative solutions you found for this assignment. Have a great weekend!

John Watson

John is the original founder of Photodoto, but after running it for 4 years he had to focus on different things. If you're interested in what John has been up to recently, you can check is personal blog or browse his photo blog.

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  • Okay-I’m going to participate. Is it cheating if I take the picture and crop in photoshop–or is that not really considered macro photography? I just don’t know how close I can get with my camera/lens. (Canon RebelXT with 50mm).

  • You won’t run into hardly any of the issues that I discussed in the article because you won’t be dealing with nearly as high magnification as with a macro lens (if you’re talking about the non-macro 50mm that’s about 1:6). Cropping will get you a similar photo as a macro in a small print but it won’t have nearly the resolution necessary for a larger print. But it’s instructive just to try. You may like the process and the results so much you’ll want to get a macro lens.

  • Ern

    Macros are great in the city if you want to take nature pictures and you can’t get a big shot without a building or smog.