Happy New Year, everybody!
I am going to start off the year with a little challenge . . .
Anyone who can guess what this is, wins a $10 gift certificate from Cre8it.com. Just leave a comment and tell me exactly what this is.
I love macro photography. It helps me to see things that are ordinarily passed over. It helps me be in the moment by holding me in the detail.
Although most digital cameras have a Macro or even Super Macro capability built right in, most folks don’t use it because they don’t know about it.
Every lens on a camera or every focal length of a zoom lens has an MFD or Minimum Focusing Distance. That is the shortest distance from the subject that the camera is able to focus. Get any closer and you are out of luck.
If you have ever experienced a situation when your camera just plain refused to focus, you were too close to your subject, If you had backed up a little, your camera would have been able to focus just fine.
The Macro lens on a DSLR (or the Macro function on a zoom lens camera), decreases the MFD and allows you to focus closer to the subject.
Super macro modes can allow you to be SO close that you have to be careful that the lens does not actually touch the subject.
MFD on a normal lens can be as close as a foot, but Macro can take you in to as close as a half inch on some cameras.
As you can imagine, this is something like deep sea diving. You find yourself in a new “landscape” where nothing is all that familiar. It is a wonderful place to get lost and forget any troubles. It is an experience that can give you religion if you happen to be doing macro shots of things in nature.
If you want to have a whole new experience with your camera, check it for a Macro or Super Macro shooting mode – usually indicated by a Tulip icon.
Set your camera to that mode and explore your familiar surroundings from an inch or half an inch away.
It’s a new world.
If you get a wonderful shot, share it with us in a comment.
Meanwhile, what is that at the top of this post?