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Taking great close-up photos is much easier than you think. Based on the multitude of blurry detail pictures I've seen on ebay and craigslist, it must be a skill many don't possess. With these skills I've become that guyat work they come to when someone needs a good picture.

(This is an entry in the photo contest, so please vote if you like it!)

Note (10/29/09) - Thanks to everyone who voted for this!  Your participation is appreciated.

Step 1: Executive Summary

I'm going to start with the executive summary instructions for those who don't want a big explanation, then go into the how and why of it all for those who do.

Set the focus to macro mode, turn off the flash, and set the timer.
Set up the camera on a tripod, or on a table so it won't move.
Place the object to be photographed in front of it.
Press the shutter button and take your hand off the camera.

That's all there is to it. If you want more of an explanation, read on, if not I hope this helps you.

Step 2: What You Need

A camera with a macro setting. (I wasn't going to put this as it seems way too obvious, but if I didn't I'd probably get a comment about it.)

Optional items include a small tripod and some way of holding the item you want to photograph. Modeling clay or some push pins or anything like that usually works well for holding coins or irregular shaped objects. There are a few instructables on making tripods out of tennis balls and the like. Give it a search when you're done here. Sometimes you can get away with propping the camera up on something to get the correct angle.
 
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Kalabi-Yao5 years ago
You can use the narrow depth of focus to your advantage. Pair it with close cropping to create layered, dynamic compositions. :)
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hrcoley1 month ago

Had a funky keyboard at work that quit working. Put it in the top shelf of the dishwasher then put face down on my workbench for a couple of days to let all the moisture evaporate and it worked fine afterwards.

I always wanted to know this simple trick :). Thank you for sharing your awesomeness :)
dana-dxb1 year ago
can i use the same trick with my smartphone?
bloomautomatic (author)  dana-dxb1 year ago
Yes, to a limited extent. My phone (iphone 4) can't focus closer than about 4" away, and even then it can be kind of grainy compared with a the regular camera. However, the same basic principles apply. Keep everything still, minimize camera movement and good lighting.

Also, most phones have tiny lenses and sensors compared with almost all point n shoot cameras. There are macro and zoom lenses you can get for smart phones that range from cases with built-in lenses to ones held on with rubber bands. I've never tried either so I can't say.

That said, you would be the best person to answer this question! Try the process with your phone and see how the pictures turn out!

Good luck..
thanxa bunch really its the quickest and deatailed answer ill try it out and let every one know
Thank you! I have been using the same camera while traveling, and it's been hard to take good pictures of stuff up close. This is soooo helpful!
thank you this was very helpful :)
maximzodal1 year ago
Thank you! I've learned something I didn't know and have needed!
I think for macro photos that small fruit like blueberries and strawberries work and they look cool. If you decide to do this, I recommend using a background of the same or similar color, and bright lighting. It turns out really neat!
I also forgot to mention that your coin idea is awesome and I'm going to try it at home!
Farash2 years ago
how do you make the coin stand ?
bloomautomatic (author)  Farash2 years ago
In that picture i used a push pin into the corkboard. Look close and you'll see the yellow pin behind it.
The Rambler2 years ago
This instructable changed my photo taking life. It's all so incredibly simple, but something I just didn't previously understand. Thank you.
pavangadu2 years ago
great dude....its much helpful.....thanks a lot...@@@
lov2bead533 years ago
I am learning how to take images of the jewelry I make; which can be rather small. Great details. I would like more details from AMmunish4u911ex if he gets the chance.

Some jewelry makers pay a pro to take their photos but I want to do that myself.
Lighting is very important with jewelry, if the light is too "yellow" silver pieces look like gold in the shots. I had an older friend who owned his own knife shop and had a forge and a bunch of other gear and made his own damascus style steel for his blades that he sold to tourists coming through Juneau, Alaska. The trick was he also included a small brochure about the process and a website address where he sold his knives, I was kind of amazed at the number of people who buy knives for their loved ones for birthdays and holidays. Anyways, it took us a while to find "white" lights that didn't color the photos in weird ways.

Also get yourself a light box or build one yourself on the cheap. You need soft lighting for shiny objects so you don't get hotspots on them from your lighting. It's fun though, once you get everything you need some of the macro shots we took came out looking amazing.
EvilMarker3 years ago
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EvilMarker3 years ago
point and shoot awesomeness
Wher has that keyboard been?
bloomautomatic (author)  marienkie19953 years ago
it's been EVERYWHERE!!!!

That's a very old microsoft "natural elite" keyboard that's curved and split in the middle. It has outlasted It's great if you know how to type the "correct" way. If you hunt n peck, it's not for you. i work in a shop, so my hands get greasy. that's genuine shop grease, not human filth.

vince

estrelita3 years ago
Thanks. This simple instructables has changed my closeup photos . I never took a picture before that was suitable for an instructable.
ALadyDragon4 years ago
Thanks for the tips,
I felt like a little play with the camera today.
I thought i would post the image . fingers crossed it will upload.

Rated 5, Cheers.
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dark sponge4 years ago
Great Instructable, I'll use this method when taking pics for my next project! 5/5 stars!

But... Eww! Your keyboard makes me want to throw up!
Woah! After I rated, the rating went up to 5.00 stars! I didn't know that was possible on Instructables!
Actually I think it's just a change in the rating system; I've noticed a lot of Instructables with unusually high ratings by the old standard.
bloomautomatic (author)  dark sponge4 years ago
Thanks for the rating.

That is a very well used keyboard. Many, many years of shop grime and grease on that. I'm a hands on person and it shows there! The palm rest area is polished to a high sheen compared with the matte finish on the rest of it.

Vince
Oh, okay, knowing that that's shop grime makes me feel better. One of the keyboards in the library of my school likes like that, and it's disgusting knowing that the only source of filth there is the people's hands...
I don't think that would work, looks like he needs a Magic Eraser!
T_T_ Kasm2794 years ago
what works really well is to take off all the keys the put them in a bowl of soapy water and rub the dirt off each one. as for the board you can just spray it down with a hose, but you have to make sure it dries COMPLETELY before you use it, a week or so should be enough.
fearme364 years ago
I once had the same camera. But then i got the great idea to film my brother riding his scooter down a hill by following him using my old "heelys" (shoes with wheels in the heel) and filming at the same time. Needless to say the lens was all bent up, and it was totalled. The best part was that it filmed the crash, and I managed to get it on the computer.

I regret nothing.
Where can i see that video???
srsantafe4 years ago
Thanks for your instructable, looks cool
manumanu7644 years ago
Nice heavy-duty tool...
I wonder what and how many things I could make a hole on...
static5 years ago
Evidently the SD card in may camera was bad, took it out, and the camera no functions as it should. Fist attempt as using the macro function free hand with flash of that removed SD card, second of a minimag belt holster.
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Kasm279 static4 years ago
Minimags ftw :D
rbstimers5 years ago
I think he took a photograph of a picture of his camera.
and thank you fro a real answer! You win sir
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