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Macro Photography - Larger than Life

Updated on June 8, 2012

I heard the word "MACRO" in my college final year. A friend of mine, who was passionate about photography introduced me to this, that was probably the time when this option was introduced in digital cameras at a large scale. The digi-cam that I owned then was a little primitive and did not have this option.

After a year, I bought my first camera - CANON, which had this Macro option. As I began to explore the many many features of my camera, this one stuck my eye! Alas, I started shooting every flower that came my way wherever I went. Taught this mode to my mom and she, who loves flowers, went around parks to shoot each and every lovely colorful flower around.

The best thing about this feature is, you do not require much of photographic skills! Just place your camera near the object, turn to macro mode, click, and there you get a beautiful image!

This feature basically zooms and shows you the finer details of the object - ideal for using on flowers, insects or any small and intricate object!

Listed below are a few points to be taken care while shooting in this wonderful mode:

1. Low light is a major setback for macro photographs. Ensure you have adequate light in place.

2. Distance between the lens and the object should be optimum to avoid low clarity images and correct focus.

3. The feature does not work very well with objects in motion. Still objects give best image clarity.

4. Do not use Zoom while using the Macro Feature

Macro was one of the features that increased my passion for photography. Teach your kids this magic feature that shows the beauty of the small things around you.

Photos added in this hub are taken by me or my brother. These should give an idea on what could be the different types of objects that can be subjected to Macro.

Do shoot and let me know your experience with Macro - Larger than Life images!




Plastic Polymer Balls captured using Macro!
Plastic Polymer Balls captured using Macro! | Source
Colorful Plastic Balls christened by me as Babloo!
Colorful Plastic Balls christened by me as Babloo! | Source
Cut pieces of mango in beach captured
Cut pieces of mango in beach captured | Source
Butterfly - check out the eyes!
Butterfly - check out the eyes! | Source
That is a part of a Guitar!
That is a part of a Guitar! | Source
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Notice the Water Drop
Notice the Water Drop | Source
Insect - 1
Insect - 1 | Source
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Insect - 2
Insect - 2 | Source
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That is the end of a duppattah
That is the end of a duppattah | Source
Beads!
Beads! | Source
Believe me or not, that is a Bangle!
Believe me or not, that is a Bangle! | Source
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Yike!
Yike! | Source
Ants!
Ants! | Source
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    • livingsta profile image

      livingsta 

      5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Pretty pictures, the end of a duppattah and the bangles are my favourites. Votes up and sharing!

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      Deepika Arun 

      6 years ago from Chennai, India

      Visshnu : I gave those tips just out of experience! I felt zooming in MACRO spoils the pic! But as your Note says, the tip could be cam specific! I have never tried Macro in DSLR!

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      Deepika Arun 

      6 years ago from Chennai, India

      Thanks Venkat!

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      Deepika Arun 

      6 years ago from Chennai, India

      @Johanna Baker: Thanks for the comment and for taking the time to read my Hub! :)

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      Visshnu 

      6 years ago

      Deepi - very nice pics....

      Now that's the reason why am not able to give this points strongly. Whichever tutorial I have come across[Nikon, Mansurovs, etc] they claim zoomed shots makes macro photos better than staying close to object. they also advice not to stay very close to object. They have also put up some photos along with a demo of how to take the shot. I never tried more of macro in the recent days after I went through the tutorials. but still try seeing those tutorials which might help you a lot

      Note: These points are strictly for DSLR and high end point and shoot type cams

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      Johanna Mary Elisabeth Baker 

      6 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      Lovely photos; it is a wonderful feature of the camera, thank you for sharing

    • Deepika Arun profile imageAUTHOR

      Deepika Arun 

      6 years ago from Chennai, India

      @Varun: You are indeed professional in the sense you know better than me and you learnt it! :)

      I am indeed feeling happy looking at your compliment! :)

      I want a good watermark man! We should probably sit together for that! :)

      @ OTEE: These were taken in digi cam and so never felt the need for a tripod. My DSLR does not have a macro lens! Will definitely try tripod soon :)

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      Deepika Arun 

      6 years ago from Chennai, India

      @Darrylmdavis: Thanks for taking the time to read and cooment! :)

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      Darrylmdavis 

      6 years ago from Brussels, Belgium

      To me, macro is a labour of love and when it is done right it is beyond beautiful. Thanks for posting this hub!

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      OTEE 

      6 years ago from India

      You may disagree Varun - that's your individual view; I just expressed my own POV, and I hope I have a right to that. :P And maybe I like creepy crawlies more.

      Actually I liked the Dupatta photo best -for the clarity and the lighting. The guitar photo too was was excellent for the perspective and lighting. In fact going over the entire lot again, all the still life photos are fantastic.

      The photos of flowers range from average to good.

      @Deepika - Do get a tripod stand and a cable release (if cameras support them) for close-ups and still life; they will help you tremendously in getting your picture right.

      PS:

      @Varun I think that there should be dedicated close-up lenses for DSLRs. But then I'm an ignoramus when it comes to DSLRs.

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      Varun Varadarajan 

      6 years ago

      And Otee, I still think dedicated macro lenses are available isn't it?

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      Varun Varadarajan 

      6 years ago

      @OTEE

      I Disagree, I always thought that Deepika's photos has a brilliant lighting (which lacks in my pics) and she has a brilliant perspective. I mean look at that Duppatta pic! For a fair judgement, you should think on why I am always putting up only macro pics on my facebook page and not others. Look at Deepika's photos on her FB, you will know what I am talking about!

      AND DEEPIKA, I am no professional! And you should have watermarked the images

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      Deepika Arun 

      6 years ago from Chennai, India

      @WhydThatHappen: Thanks :)

    • Deepika Arun profile imageAUTHOR

      Deepika Arun 

      6 years ago from Chennai, India

      Uncle OT,

      Varun is professional, me just hobby! :)

      Thanks for the compliments!

      Deepika :)

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      WhydThatHappen 

      6 years ago

      These photos are striking

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      OTEE 

      6 years ago from India

      Macro lens - in the good old days of the SLR, close up photos required the use of a separate lens - the macro lens which had ratings which specified the size of the subject versus the size of the object on the film. A 1:1 lens was a dream - I remember a friend who offered to sell me a Olympus / Pentax camera with a macro with a 1:1 reproduction. His price was Rs 5000/-, way beyond my means at that point in time. Even then it was a bargain. Sigh, I missed an opportunity.

      Another means of getting magnification was the use of the extension ring with normal lens, which gave a reasonable magnification.

      Yes, I agree that macro photography is exciting, because of the details that can be captured. Enough to hook even the uninitiated into photography.

      -Uncle OT

      PS: Your photos were amazing, but Varun's were amazinger. Really.

      :)

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      Venkat 

      6 years ago

      Nice Article and as well as the Pics ! I have to see if there is a MACRO feature in my phone.

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