Macro Mondays – Shooting Macro/Closeup with a Digital Point and Shoot.
October 25, 2010
Last week I did a short introduction to Macro / Close-up Photography. Today, I’m going to post a few tips on how you can enjoy macro photography with just a digital point and shoot camera. Now, as I have mentioned on my previous post, most digital point and shoot camera’s nowadays has the capability to shoot close-up. I say close-up because it is not true 1:1 macro. In order to achieved true macro magnification we will need to use a more advanced camera and macro lenses. But for general close up photography, a digital point and shot with close-up mode is just enough.
Things that you will need for better close-up pictures:
- Digital Point and Shoot preferably with Close-Up/Macro mode.
- Adobe Lightroom, Photoshop or Photoshop elements or any other post processing software (optional).
Flower Icon : On your Digital Point and shoot, look for the flower icon or flower symbol once you find it, enable it. To enable it, please refer to your camera manufacturers user’s manual. If you can’t find it anywhere in your camera, chances are it doesn’t have one or it might be hidden in one of the menu options. Once you have enable it, the next thing to do is find a subject. This is easy, all you have to do is find something that interest you.
Stabilization : It is recommended that you set your camera on a tripod but not a requirement, using a tripod will greatly increase your chances of getting tack sharp photos and this will minimize blur cause by vibration from hand holding your camera. This is especially true when shooting in low light. If all you have is a point and shoot camera, you can buy a cheap tripod at Walmart, normally I would not recommend buying your tripod from walmart if you have a DSLR, but for point and shoot camera, this is good enough.
Focus : Focus carefully. Hold it steady and press the shutter, in taking macro photos, you will want your pictures to be sharp. Don’t go to close to your subject, keep your eye on the LCD, of your camera, if you notice that it is blurred, move back or forward until you get a sharp view and press the shutter.
Don’t leave your camera at home : Always bring your camera with you, wherever you go. Who knows what you might come across with.
All photos in this post where taken with my Sony DSC-V1 Cyber-shot 5MP Digital Camera w/ 4x Optical Zoom and Sony Cybershot DSC-T20 8.1MP Digital Camera . I still use both cameras and I still enjoy taking photos with them.