Macro Monday – Fun and Joy With Macro Photography
October 18, 2010
Photo of a rare endangered frog. Taken at a controlled environment at the National Zoo
Today is the start of what I call Macro Monday, and every week, I will post tips on macro and close-up photography. Aside from street photography I also love and enjoy macro and close up photography. Macro photography help me see things in a whole new way. It help me discover a world full of beauty that I rarely see, simply because I don’t look hard enough.
Macro or close up photography isn’t just for professional photographers, it’s for everyone to enjoy, some people just doesn’t know that even the cheapest point and shoot camera nowadays have built-in macro or close-up feature. You’ve probably seen those little flower icon or symbol in your little camera, now all you have to do is enable it and start taking closeups of insects, flowers, coins or what ever you like. You don’t need a DSLR to enjoy macro photography. The close up photo below of a set of crayons was taken using a 8mp Sony DSC-T20 point and shoot camera, which just shows that even a four year old camera can be use for close ups.
I did a post a while ago regarding the subject of needing a DSLR to do macro photography. My answer to that question is yes and no. If you feel you are ready to take your photography to the next level, by all means, a DSLR is the way to go. It is more versatile, it will give you the ability to use a whole armada of macro lenses. For starters, I would suggest using what you have, just try to enjoy what you have. Close up photography isn’t just about lenses and expensive gear, it’s all about having fun and making beautiful pictures. Believe when i say that when you start taking macro/close up photos, you’ll be hook. You will start to see things you’ve never seen before, you’ll learn that there is a whole new world out there that you need to explore. So the next time you go out, don’t forget to bring your camera, who knows you might bump into a bug or see a beautiful flower on your way to work.