January 05

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Photography: Get Up Close (Don’t Be Shy)

I’m a self-taught photographer with some pretty nifty equipment and a decent eye for the creative stuff. I’ve been fortunate to be able to afford quality equipment, but as I’ve told aspiring photographers: It’s not about the equipment as it is about understanding what you’re doing.

There are some pretty sophisticated entry-level cameras out there that take amazing photographs when used properly. Unfortunately, most people don’t find the time to read the user manual or understand the camera’s functions.So my first tip to you: Read Your User Manual. 

That aside, photography is really not as complex as people make it out to be. So here’s my second tip to you: Get Close to the Object (or Subject) of Your Photography

Not everyone can afford an expensive long lens (zoom lens). Most  inexpensive point-and-shoot (P&S) cameras have digital and optical zoom built into the camera, but that in turn creates lower quality images when the lens is extended to its maximum capability. So what’s a girl (or guy) to do when she wants that close-up shot? What’s optical and digital zoom? 

Some of the mid-range DSLRs (Digital Single-Len Reflex Camera) have lenses that have a reasonable zoom length. Still keep in mind, image quality will still be impacted when the zoom is in use.

parrot1With the parrot (up): I got as close as I could and took the photo.

The easiest way to get a close-up is to simply walk up to the object you’re trying to photograph. Get as close as you feasibly can to your subject and take your photograph. Close-ups are a also a wonderful way to capture detail  that you might have otherwise missed if you used your zoom capability.

Root Above the Ground

With the root (right): I bent down with the lens directly above the root and got a close-up of the root in question. You can see the detail in the photo.

Try it. Don’t depend on your zoom to get you “closer.” You might be surprised by the final product.