For incredibly sharp images, you’ll want to pack a 100 mm into your kit bag. Excellent for portraits and flower photography, the incredible detail achievable with a 100 mm lens makes it a top choice of macro lens for family scenes and nature shots.
Over 100 mm and you’re entering telephoto lens territory. These long lenses can capture subjects hundreds of metres away, but tend to sacrifice their depth of field in favour of their long-distance shot range.
Capturing an extreme close-up.
Extreme close-up photography, also known as macro photography, is the art of taking incredibly sharp, detailed images of tiny subjects. You may have seen some macro photography images yourself - such as insect eyes, flower petals and bird feathers.
You can achieve these kinds of images yourself with a little practise. You’ll need to start by attaching a macro lens to your DSLR or mirrorless camera.
What is the difference between a close-up and an extreme close-up?
A close-up usually includes the subject’s head and shoulders or other background detail, while extreme close ups are much more detailed and focussed and can be as close-up as a single eye.
How do you do extreme close-up photography?
Here are some top tips for getting an extreme close-up photo with your macro lens:
- Use a lower aperture for a shallow depth of field. This will help to bring the subject into focus and out of the background.
- Make sure you’re making the most of natural light - go artificial if you have to.
- Manual focus is the way to go here. Tinker until you’re happy with the sharpness of the image.
- Make sure the camera is in macro setting or raise the shutter speed to avoid close quarter image blur.
- Take your photo.
You might need a bit of practise to get the lighting and blur right, but with persistence you can achieve fantastic extreme close-ups yourself.
How do you get an extreme close-up of eyes?
They say eyes are the windows to the soul - and indeed, some of the most impressive macro photography out there is of the human eye. The human eye carries plenty of emotion and images of them can tell a story. To get detailed shots of the human eye, you can use many of the tips mentioned above for extreme close-up photos.
- Use a shallow depth of field.
- Account for lighting and use artificial sources if need be.
- Switch your camera to macro setting and up the shutter speed.
- Manual focus on the retina.
- Steady your hands and take the shot.