How To Take Great Close-Up Photos

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Step 7: Conclusion

Macro pictures look cool. Most people don't know how to take them well and are easily impressed by them. Good pictures of small parts can make all the difference in an ebay auction or a craigslist posting. As a mad scientist, I often use it for taking pictures of test results and using it to see details too small to see with the naked eye. Doing a quick measurement of the tap on my screen, my 7 megapixel camera gives me about an 8x magnification when viewed on the screen at full size. For more detail, you need to get into microscopy. That instructable will be coming along soon.

If a picture is worth a thousand words, a good macro picture must be worth&the one thousand and sixty-nine words here.

Since the small photos here don't really do it justice, I have the full size images here:
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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!
pavangadu2 years ago
great dude....its much helpful.....thanks a lot...@@@
EvilMarker3 years ago
EvilMarker3 years ago
point and shoot awesomeness
srsantafe3 years ago
Thanks for your instructable, looks cool
You dont need no expensive cameras!!! just have a look at the pics I took with my sony ericsson k310i camera (VGA!) & using a tiny lens from a laser pointer:
skylane4 years ago
The Panamanian Quarter caught my attention.... Nice Instructable!
WOW Thank you soooo much! I have that SAME EXACT CAMERA and this helps me a lot because now i know that without macro mode close ups are really bad.
Annon2014 years ago
Install CHKD on your camera, it gives you control of the DOF down to the mm, its great. - the flowers were only a few mm across. - some normal sized ants, on a concrete wall. - A grasshopper (dead - stationary targets are much better to get close ups of ;) - A little LED light, in the full rez picture you can see the inperfections on the diode itself, as well as the texture of the plastic casing (which you cant see looking at the object directly)

All pics taken on a Canon Ixus 50 w/ CHKD, and they have been scaled down from their original size by facebook. - oh, and this one, a fly on a nettle leaf, it was a dark muggy day, and setting the exposure any higher would make it too hard to hold the camera, so its a pretty dark picture.
caityjay4 years ago
Thanks so much for this 'ible- I've always been far too lazy to figure out things like this for myself (read the manual, what?), and this has offered a great solution to my macro problems! Thanks for making a simple, concise tutorial.
Greatpix4 years ago
Also, cleaning off dust and gunk from the object you're going to photograph saves you from having to retouch it out later.
Greatpix4 years ago
Looking at your EXIF data (for the coin shot) you might have been better off to go with aperture preferred automatic or manual and stopped down for more depth of field. Another option is to take several shots, varying your focus point, then combining them using Photoshop or other image editor with an intelligent merge function and have the entire object, such as the drill bit, in focus.
Taking a picture of your camea, Nar, Must have been done with smoke and mirrors. I have an old Kodak EasyShare C643 (6.1Mp), and never realised the 'flower' setting actually inferred macro, it just says 'Close Up: For subjects closer than 28 inches (70 cm)' I've noticed it's impossible to get in as close as I would like, so I pull back the camera until will auto focus, then zoom in as far as I can, until just before it can't hold focus. Nice tips thanks for the instructable.
pjennelle4 years ago
Wow. I use the macro setting often because I love the limited depth of field you were talking about, but I never understood how the timer function could help. Thank you so much for your great explanation and a very practical instructible! I'm looking forward to sharing some photos that are not fuzzy all the way through. :-)
okiesound4 years ago
Nice! Possibly the most helpful instructable for me so far! Thanks...
sugaree164 years ago
thanks so much for posting this! i never knew what that little flower on my camera meant and i suppose i was too lazy to look it up in the manual :) this was really informative, and i'll surely be using it in the future.
adder304 years ago
great! I've played around with macro before (I'm a mad scientist too) but never even thought of using the timer to reduce vibration.
Marylutn4 years ago