Tuesday, 4 January 2011

Macro photography and close-up photography.

I am not the right person to write about photography. I am just a hobbyist.  But couple of my flickr friends asked me how i manged to get close -up shots and macro shots. It made me think. When i heard the question for the first time, i was not sure about the difference between macro shots and close up shots. So i did my kind of research. But not sure about the result though.

From my limited knowledge i think Macro Photography  and Close-up Photography  is different depending on the lenses we use. Not all close-up photos are macro photos. It all depends up on how well you get the finest details of your subject matter as an end result in paper. It means you can even see the finest details of a hair on a butter fly in macro photography.

But in close-up photography you wont get that much magnification and finest details. ( I do agree as technology advances recently i have seen some good close up lenses which produces amazing end products).

Some good books which will give as a reasonable understanding about this are.

Now the gadgets, of-course it depends up on your budget. For a beginner i recommend

Tamaron AF 60mm. Tamron AF 60mm f/2.0 SP DI II LD IF 1:1 Macro Lens for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras. /Tamron AF 60mm f/2.0 SP DI II LD IF 1:1 Macro Lens for Canon Digital SLR Cameras if you check this links it will give you detailed information includes price and reviews. But my friends who use this toy says this one take sharp macro pictures and excellent portraits.

But if you are little bit more serious in this business or looking forward to enter the next level of your passion then Tamron AF 90mm f/2.8 Di SP AF/MF 1:1 Macro Lens for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras /Tamron AF 90mm f/2.8 Di SP A/M 1:1 Macro Lens for Canon Digital SLR Cameras is a good buy.

As stated earlier please go through the links and read the detailed reviews given by others.

If you are not that much particular about canon and nikon brand names then this sigma ones are also good. Any way check the reviews and see what the users feel about this.

Do we always need a high and end camera and lenses to capture this beauty's. From my experience i say NO. Even with a point and shoot camera you will get some nice results (as my husband says ok photos). If you feel the picture shown here is an "OK"close up photo then YES it is taken by a poor point and shoot camera. Canon PowerShot A720IS 8MP Digital Camera with 6x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom. It is a nice camera will fit in your pocket or little bag and you will never miss a photographic opportunity if she is with you. Reliable on all occasions.

Some other nice less expensive point and shoots are.

Canon PowerShot SD1300IS 12.1 MP Digital Camera with 4x Wide Angle Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 2.7-Inch LCD (Green),Canon PowerShot SX130IS 12.1 MP Digital Camera with 12x Wide Angle Optical Image Stabilized Zoom with 3.0-Inch LCD, Nikon Coolpix S3000 12 MP Digital Camera with 4x Optical Vibration Reduction (VR) Zoom and 2.7-Inch LCD (Blue),Nikon Coolpix P7000 10.1 MP Digital Camera with 7.1x Wide Zoom-Nikkor ED Lens and 3-Inch LCD,Fujifilm FinePix S1800 12.2 MP Digital Camera with 18x Wide Angle Optical Dual Image Stabilized Zoom and 3-Inch LCDFujifilm FinePix XP10 12 MP Waterproof Digital Camera with 5x Optical Zoom and 2.7-Inch LCD (Green) etc. They are not that much expensive, still give you some nice snaps.

Any way happy clicking. Share your views and photo links in comment box, I love to see them.

Thanking you,

About the picture above :Mahabharatam Flower with kavuravas, pandavas and krishna

"Passion Flower" / Passiflora caerulea /Mahabharatam Flower

What a beautiful name for a flower.

Scientific classification :
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Subclass: Rosidae
(unranked): Eurosids I
Order: Malpighiales
Family: Passifloraceae
Genus: Passiflora

Mahabaratham flower.

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