Learn Digital Photography – Accessories to Help You Shoot Macro Photos

The ideal situation for anyone wanting to do macro or close-up photography is a nice expensive macro lens allowing you to shoot really close up. But for the rest this leaves you begging and only dreaming of those wonderful worlds within worlds. There is an answer, macro accessories.

For a long time macros was the domain of those that had lots of money but with digital this has all changed. Even compact digital cameras will give you a fairly decent close-up image. Before we continue let me state that true macro is a 1:1 ratio. That means that if a bee measures 15mm then it will take up 15mm on your digital sensor. Most accessories and lenses with a macro feature will only give you a 1:2 ratio or in other words, half the size of the actual subject.

So what accessories are there for macro photography?

1. Extension tubes

The most effective and versatile alternative to a macro lens are manual extension tubes. These fit between the lens and the body of the camera, increasing the distance between the lens and the digital sensor. This results in an increase in magnification. This is a relatively low cost alternative. For a little more money you can buy extension tubes that have the electronic contacts for autofocus and exposure metering.

2. Close-up filters

These little filters that screw on to the end of your lens increase the magnification of the lens. Not as good as extension tubes but still a lower cost alternative. These were the first macro accessories I ever purchased and they served me well. They come in threes, +1, +2 and +3 and can be used singly or altogether for maximum magnification.

3. Bellows

Bellows offer really great magnification but they do have limited features due to the fact that they aren’t electronic. As a manual accessory they give a greater magnification than extension tubes. They aren’t so popular these days but are still a reasonably priced accessory that will give you great service and help produce outstanding images. They can be used with many of your lenses.

4. Reversing rings

A reversing ring is an adapter that allows you to connect the lens to the camera in reverse by screwing the attachment on the filter thread at the front of the lens. The lens is completely reversed. You can use this on any lens. It is a manual accessory as the camera can no longer communicate with the lens.

5. Ring flash

The final accessory is a flash and doesn’t help with the magnification. With the close working distances involved in macro you can’t use a flash mounted on the camera. So what is necessary is a round flash mounted on the front of the actual lens. This gives great lighting from around the lens and not one big flash from above. They are quite expensive but are a great solution to lighting problems connected with close-up photography.

As you learn digital photography and get to grips with macro you will realise that each of these accessories has its limitations and never truly replaces a high quality dedicated macro lens. But, if you want to experience macro photography on a budget before spending a lot of money, then these tips are for you. Happy shooting!

A Helpful Tutorial For Digital Camera and Photography Accessories

In the fast growing industry of digital photography, one could produce the highest quality photos at one time, and barely six months later, technology for photography would have evolved so much that your pictures might be inferior in term of quality compared to those of photographers that use newer cameras and technologies available in the market today. Keeping this in mind, the quality of pictures that you shoot and produce with your compact digital camera could be enhanced by bettering your camera with some of the latest camera accessories and additions available out there in the market today.

Basic photograph tips would include pointers on the accessories that you should purchase for your camera, and amongst the items that fall into this list include:

1) Lens attachments – get a wider view of the pictures that you are taking, or better focus options when you purchase separate lens attachments that would fit your DLSR cameras brilliantly. If the lens cannot match your camera, you could purchase a converter attachment as well to make the lens fit

2) Tripods – these are amazingly effective items to have if you need to dock your camera somewhere while you take still shots

3) Cradles or dock stations – you could use a dock station to load your photos on the it, and also charge your camera’s battery at the same time while you transfer the photos

4) More durable batteries that would last longer – lithium-ion batteries are recommended for those looking to pursue a career in photography as it would allow you to shoot for longer periods without the need to charge the batteries

5) A printer that is able to process direct printing – for those who want to know how your pictures would look like when they are printed out, obtaining a printer that is able to process direct-printing is preferable, one of the options out there would be Bluetooth-enabled printers that would read and print the images straight from your digital camera (provided your camera has Bluetooth connectivity as well)

Get the above-mentioned accessories for your camera, and successfully shoot an outdoor portrait or even a family photograph brilliantly with your newly-enhanced digital camera! All the best!