5 Tips for Awesome Close-Up Photography Using a Compact Camera

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by Eliza Donovan, taken with a compact camera

There are so many articles and tutorials for shooting macro with a dSLR and a macro lens, but next to none for those trying to take close-up photos with their point-and-shoot cameras that have a Macro mode. We’ve decided to put things right and post some tips that will help you take great close-up photos with your compact camera.

1. Use your camera’s Macro mode

Sounds obvious to you? Well, you’ll be surprised how many people forget their camera has a special mode to take close-ups (I can’t call it proper macro because macro means 1:1┬áration life-size or bigger subjects). Try to shoot a close-up photo in automatic mode and the results will most likely be ridiculous. So, before you start blaming your camera for everything, check out its Macro mode and see if that makes a difference. It should.

2.Focus properly

This is so typical – you take lots of macro photos of a beautiful flower or butterfly only to discover that your images are out of focus when you check them out on your computer. This usually happens because your camera’s autofocus often misses the subject, especially when you are taking a macro shot. So, if your camera allows manual focus, use it to get the subject into focus. And if it doesn’t, try to make the automatic focus to focus where you want it. Or go for a slightly off-focus dreamy feel!

3. Don’t forget about the composition

Many people tend to forget all about basic composition when they shoot close-ups because they think that it won’t make much of a difference. But that’s wrong because composition always matters – it helps to draw the viewer to the main point in your photo. You don’t have to spend hours composing your shot, but do try to remember the rule of thirds and try to select a simple background to make your subject stand out.

4. Use self timer

When you take a close-up photo, it’s very important to avoid any camera shake or instability. dSLR’s make it easy because you can use a cable shutter release (some point-and-shoots support that option too) or even a wireless shutter release. But what can a compact camera user do? Easy – use the self timer! Put your camera on a tripod, compose the image and make sure everything is in focus, and set the self timer. That way your macro shot will be taken without any camera shake.

5. Check your shot

Now that you’ve taken your shot, don’t rush away. Check your photo on your LCD and don’t forget to zoom it to make sure it looks good and your focus is sharp. Then take some more shots with a slightly different composition.

I hope these tips were helpful and you will now take lots of awesome close-up photos. Oh and don’t forget to post them to DropShots for us all to see!

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