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Old 07-16-2008, 12:36 PM
 
Location: Beautiful Buffalo :-)
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Macro:

Macro, by definition, is photography at 1x magnification and above. Anything less would be defined as "close-ups" rather than "macro". 1x magnification or life-size, is usually written as 1.1. Life-size means that the subject you are photographing appears the exact same size on film as it does in real life. (Like my sea oats above, same size as in life) Therefore if a fly is 15mm long, then the image of the fly on film will also be 15mm long. (Definition at Shutterfreaks)


So okay, lets say you have a bee on a flower. If you want that to be a macro, the bee must end up being its actual size on the finished frame. If the bee is 1 inch in real life, he'll be 1 inch on the exposed frame.

That's why my monarch butterfly above is a borderliner: its not the actual size of the insect, so by definition, (if ya wanna get technical) its not a true macro.
Is Macro like saying "HOLY MACRO THAT'S CLOSE!!!" on a picture where "close up" would be an understatement?

Macro is a state of being and not so much a camera "feature"???
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Old 07-16-2008, 01:07 PM
 
Location: Victoria, BC.
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Blue Eyed Mary....close up....That's a penny by the way.



Macro.



I think the most important thing is a steady hand...There is not much depth of field that close, so move a 1/8th inch closer or farther away, and your shot will be out of focus.....My camera focuses as close as .4 inches...
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Old 07-16-2008, 01:11 PM
 
Location: West Virginia
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HHMMMM Maybe its time to get the tripod out!!
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Old 07-16-2008, 01:17 PM
 
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HHMMMM Maybe its time to get the tripod out!!
I think you are right about the tripod. It's must for me and on top of the tripod I use a remote shutter release. If the tripod is the least bit unsteady then the pressing of the shutter can soften if not blur the photo. Slr users may want to check their user manuals also for info on a mirror lock to lessen vibration that can soften the photo.
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Old 07-16-2008, 01:19 PM
 
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Well I have no steady hand thats for sure....
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Old 07-16-2008, 01:27 PM
 
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I've used a monopod for most action photography for years. I shake to much not to. I think a monopod might be useful for some macro shots when you don't have time to adjust a tripod.
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Old 07-16-2008, 01:29 PM
 
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Whats a monopod?
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Old 07-16-2008, 01:31 PM
 
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Tripod is a MUST with macro, especially if you're using true macro lens.

Slight movement, even with a tripod, will blur your subject, so you have to have a really sturdy placement of your tripod/your hand.
Macro photography is done to show details, otherwise hardly visible to a human eye.

Not the best examples, but just few of mine.




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Old 07-16-2008, 01:37 PM
 
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Katie a monopod is a one legged tripod. It supports the weight of the camera and lens. Not as steady as a tripod and should probably not be use for true macro photography. It's a great tool for shooting your dogs or horses with your telephoto lens. I have a low stool I shoot from with a monopod to do action equestrian photos with. That's the best use I've found for one. If you do close ups of flying insects or similar one may work for that. You cannot over state the need for camera stillness with macro. It's a must.
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Old 07-16-2008, 02:10 PM
 
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I don't know if I could use a tripod, I have a pretty steady hand, for quick changing of location/subject, etc. though, working with a tripod might mean missing a good shot. Just my thought on it.
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