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Close-up photography using a digital camera

By Jakob Jelling

Exploring new areas and horizons has always been the nature of mankind. The digital camera has also opened up such great scopes for the enthusiastic users and photographers. It is of great interest for any reader that as we progress into minute details of Mother Nature the worldview completely changes and it has its own beauties. This area in turn opens up new horizons further for creation of art via photography and it is specifically known as close-up or tabletop photography! This discussion covers this so very interesting zone of close-up or tabletop photography.

It is a fact that digital cameras are great for photographing small objects like coins, jewelry, prints, and maps, even insects only is that they are anything small enough to fit on a tabletop. And thus the name close-up or tabletop photography.

In close-up or tabletop photography, digital cameras have a mammoth advantage over traditional film cameras since the users or photographers can review the end results and make adjustments at the time of photographing. If a photo is not up to the mark then the photographer can always delete them and try something new. Whereas the film photographer has to wait to get the film back from the lab before they can make adjustments. At the time of photographing small objects like coins or insects, the minimum focusing distance of the lens determines how close a person can come near to the subject to be photographed. The closer he or she gets, the larger becomes the final image. In a number of pictures simply zooming the digital camera lens on the subject becomes sufficient. However, in the modern digital cameras macro mode allows a person to arrive a lot closer to the thing being photographed thus making it much larger in the final picture.

Looking into the subject of close-up photography with a digital camera it must be noted that when focusing it is necessary to keep in mind that depth of field includes the plane of focus along with the area in front of and behind that plane. This gives way to the idea that shallow depth of field is advantageous. An out-of-focus background can thus segregate a small subject, making it stand out contrastingly. Again, while taking macro close-ups and essentially when doing so at distances of less than 3 feet it is wise to take the aid of the LCD monitor to compose the image. Otherwise it is quite a problem to preview depth of field. Therefore it is a fact that many of the close-up photographs appear to be completely sharp from foreground to background this means that the depth of field in a close-up tends to become shallow. The depth of field in an image depends on how petite an aperture is being used, how close the camera is to the subject, and the extent to which the lens is zoomed.

However exposure modus operandi for close-up and tabletop photography does not differ a lot from normal photography. Hence it can be as normal as ever. The lighting of the small objects to be photographed remains just as important as for normal subjects of photography. They need to be illuminated appropriately as well as adequately to bring out details and colors well. The rest is the visual art of the user of the digital camera.

Thus the above discussion reveals a great deal of information regarding the use and expertise of the digital cameras in the close-up photography. It is expected that the interested users of digital cameras would not sit quiet after reading this discussion but would take up their cool devices and venture out to explore the beauties minuscule world of Mother Nature.

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