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Can You Take Macro Photographs With A Point and Shoot?
Point and Shoot
I love photography but I do not own a posh SLR camera mine is a good point and shoot camera and like most point and shoot cameras it does not come with interchangable lenses.
Most of today’s point and shoot cameras are capable of taking photographs at a higher resolution than even the most expensive models of a few years ago.
The little Canon Powershot in the advert alongside takes photographs up to ten mega pixels in size. Ten mega pixels and above is quite normal for the new generation of point and shoot cameras.
This is my camera below, a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ28, it is a wonderful little camera and I have had many successful results using it.
My Point and Shoot Camera
Can you take macro photographs with a point and shoot?
To answer my own question 'Can you take macro photographs with a point and shoot?' The answer is most definitely a resounding yes. The photograph below is one of mine that was taken with the above Lumix camera using full zoom and the intelligent auto mode.
I was and still am very pleased with this photograph of a bee. I think this photograph which I have called 'The Collector' shows quite well that even an amateur who has not got any idea of the technical side of digital photography can get great results.
I must admit that bees are my favourite insect to photograph and I love to take as many macros as I can of them because they are such photogenic little critters.
I thought that I would just add a few more of my bee macros and I think you will see what I mean. To get these kind of shots for yourself all you need is a little patience and don't forget when you have them in your view finder take as many shots as you can.
Macro of Bee on Lavender
The secret is to take as many shots as you can
The secret to capturing great macros is to take as many shots as you can, do not let what you see on the camera screen put you off, because it is not until you get back and see your shots on the computer that you will know for sure what you managed to take.
I have had photographs that I thought were crisp and sharp looking on the camera turn out to be just that little bit fuzzy when viewed on my computer and others that looked out of focus turn out to be the one.
With macro you never know what you will find when you get it back home so don't ignore the common place and ordinary things. When viewed in macro you can see things in a completely different light for example this small fly on my patio kept buzzing me and so when it settled for a moment I took its photo and this is the result. I had no idea that is how it looked as it was only a tiny fly about half the size of the fingernail on your little finger.
A Flesh Fly
Digital photography opens the door to the ordinary person in the street
Digital photography opens the door to the ordinary person in the street giving them a real shot at getting a great photograph.
In the past, the cost of processing alone meant that most people could not afford to take many photographs. I remember as a child a 24 exposure film would last us for the whole of our two week summer holiday.
An ordinary person would have not have been able to afford to go out and just take hundreds of shots on the off chance that one might be great.
In this digital age we can buy a two gig memory card for less than the price of an ordinary film and the wonder of that is even on a two gig card you can take hundreds of photographs at a time and still have memory to spare.
Even better that this when you decide what you want to keep (I keep all of mine) you can transfer them to you computer or storage device thus leaving the card empty ready to be used again.
My particular interest is in taking photographs of insects, which means to get what I consider an interesting shot I have to get up close and personal with my subject.
The advent of the digital camera has changed everything and now it is quite usual for me to go out and take several hundred photographs in one go.
I went out yesterday in the early evening and took just over 150 photographs. Below is one of the photographs that I took of a Carpenter Bee that I am very pleased with. The bee is very black so it is hard to capture it well especially in the fading light but still I think you will like it.
A Carpenter Bee
Programs like GIMP and PhotoShop are your friend
Do not be afraid to use editing software on your photographs. I know that many proper photographers feel that if you use this kind of software your photograph stops being a proper photograph and spoils the image. My advice is remember what you are trying to do which is to get an image that pleases you.
Editing software like GIMP and photoShop are your friends and they can help turn something plain and ordinary into something quite stunning. It may not please everyone but then that is life. It does not matter what you do and however hard you try you cannot please everyone.
Below is a photograph of a weed gone to seed the light was right when I took it in the early evening and it made quite a pleasing image.
A Weed Gone To Seed
Do not be afraid to experiment and above all do not forget to have fun.
Below is the edited version of the photograph of 'A weed gone to seed' I did this edit so that you could see the result of doing just a few simple tweaks.
Most editing software comes with an automatic option on many of its functions. I opened the photograph above in my software package and I did auto tone auto colour and auto contrast. I then cropped the image just to show you how a few simple tweaks can transform a pleasing image into a stunning image.
Always do any editing on a copy do not be afraid to experiment and above all do not forget to have fun.
Edited Version of a Weed Gone To Seed
Automatic settings gets results
My camera can do all sorts things manually but unfortunately, I cannot. To use it on manual settings needs more input than I can give it or even want to give it.
When it comes to ISO, shutter speed and all that other stuff, I have no idea what it all means. To be honest I really do not have the time or the inclination to learn.
Why would I bother when I can use an automatic setting and get results with which I am more than pleased like this Snout Beetle or the spider both taken on Intelligent Auto?
A Snout Beetle and a Spider
Go out and try taking some macro shots yourself
Even the cheapest of digital cameras today come with an automatic setting, which means that even the poorest photographer stands a chance of being able to take a great photograph.
I use my camera virtually all the time in the Intelligent Auto mode, which works great for me.
I normally shoot using the five-mega pixels size so I can shoot my photos off fairly quickly.
I hope that you have enjoyed this hub and that you are encouraged to go out and try taking some macro shots yourself.