Introduction to Macro Photography

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At a certain point, there will be a time when you have taken pictures of just about everything in what seems like every possible angle. It is entirely possible you may run out of ideas or find yourself in a creative lull. One of the best cures for a situation like this is swinging by your local photo shop and picking up a nice piece of gear to experiment with.

There are hundreds of accessories out there that can improve your shooting and challenge your skills, but the best place to start is with a new camera lens. One of the most interesting and useful focused-use lenses out there is the macro lens.

All 35mm camera lenses have some sort of ratio that can be used to describe the size of an object in the image compared to its size in real life. A typical lens presents objects much smaller than their actual size, while macro lenses will get a ratio much closer to reality. Have you ever looked at a close up of a flower or a head of an ant? Most likely, those pictures were taken with a macro lens.

There are a few varieties of macro lens available. The most common ratio found on consumer-level equipment is roughly 1:2, meaning that subjects in the image on film will be ½ their actual size. This may not seem like much, but when you enlarge the image to a 5x7 or 8x10 picture, the final object is much bigger than in real life.

Super-high grade equipment can hit a ratio of 5:1, which would be perfect for mapping out a snowflake or exploring a rough surface like a sponge. Depending upon your budget and the type of results you want, you can get a simple attachment for your normal lens or a full lens that attaches directly to your camera.

Macro Experiments

Once you have a macro lens and have got a bearing on how it works, go out into the world and start seeing things like you've never seen them before. Even the most boring of subjects or places can take on new life when viewed from a different perspective -especially with a macro lens. Here's some fun things to do with your new macro lens:

* Explore your house and get a bugs-eye view of your furniture, carpet, and surfaces.

* See how the lens expands your creativity by shooting common items in your neighborhood

* Set up a small space and see if you can duplicate "catalog" type images of small products

Macro lenses can have a great impact on how you see the world and provide you with a versatile alternative to shooting with a regular lens. You never know when it may come in handy to get a picture of something really small. It's also fun to take close up photos of normal objects and see if your friends and family can identify them.

Macro lenses can turn a table into a vast desert or grass into bladed mountains; feel free to let your imagination run wild.

While the cost of a separate macro lens can cost you somewhere between $200-400, you'll find that the extra options you'll have to shoot are well worth the cost. Making mountains out of molehills may not work out for us in our jobs or personal relationships, but in photography it can be great fun. Besides, they always say it's the little things that matter.

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