How Close is Close Enough?
The fascination for closeup and macro photography is very common among photographers, both amateur and professional alike.
As the prosumer cameras are getting better and better by the day, the macro possibilities are opening more and more for even the non–DSLR camera users. As a matter of fact, many a time, these smaller, weather sealed cameras produce photographs that are as good as ones taken with a DSLR and macro lens. Again, great add-ons like Raynox DCR 250 can be easily mounted on the lens of these non-SLR cameras. Such arrangements open a complete new world for the photographer.
In short, macro and super macro photography has become a commonplace hobby for most of the photographers.
The ability to go closer and closer, seeing tinier and tinier subjects also raises an interesting question,
How Close Is Close Enough?
Obviously the answer is as much as the photographer wants!
To summarize what the decision points would be for – How Close Is Close Enough?”
– Get as close as you can as long as the area captured in sharp focus makes sense. Stop the moment you feel that you”re losing out on the details at the margins of the area of interest. Don”t forget that you always have an option of cropping the image and making it look little closer!
– Don”t go to the extreme camera settings. They are extremes because beyond those it is not possible to capture photographs of acceptable quality. Needless to say, it always helps to stay a couple of stops away from the extreme.
– Be absolutely sure that your camera is held at right angles to the plane that you want to have in sharp focus. This will allow you to get a more close-up image than if you hold the camera at an angle.
– And remember that the camera equipment, today, allows substantial close up abilities. But, don”t try to push the boundaries of these abilities. Stay within and enjoy the new tiny world!