hey ana…what kind of lens/setup do you use for your closeup/macro shots? they’re so beautifully crystal clear.
(i left that last sentence in on purpose. admit it, you would too! ;-))
thanks googs! my camera is a very basic one. i take all my photos without any special lenses or equipment.
as for how i get those close up shots? i… turn on the macro feature. then i get um… close. like real close. but not too close. (let me know when this starts being helpful.)
ok, seriously. i set the focus onto whatever it is i want to look crystal clear. automatic cameras like mine don’t offer the flexibility of focusing on the intended object manually, but i have been able to trick the lens into “seeing” something closer.
for example, if i set my macro and go to take a picture of a flower, the auto-focus feature sometimes bypasses the flower and focuses on the crumpled up leaf behind it instead. i’ve found that sometimes, placing my finger in front of the lens right beside whatever it is i want the camera to focus on allows the auto-focus to adjust onto my finger. then i take my finger away and take the photo of the flower, which is now in focus. then i press the button that makes the magic happen, and then i have my cup of coffee. not the other way around! a steady hand is probably the most important step. natural, diffuse light (like through a curtain, or clouds) also helps.
that’s it. i don’t do anything fancy (i’m recalling why i didn’t answer this one originally!) and i try to get the most out of whatever tools i already have. one day, i may sew myself some fancy pants and go to the store and get an equally fancy pants camera to match. but ’til then, i’ll keep experimenting with the one i have…and continue to keep the good mistakes that happen along the way.
as for the technical specs of my camera, click this photo below to read what i originally wrote about it…
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thanks for the question, googiemomma. so the short answer is:
- no special lens
- a steady hand
- natural light
- a good-enough macro feature on my camera
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