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Old Jul 27, 2010, 9:22 AM   #1
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This is probably going to sound like a stupid question but, how do you know what to shoot when taking macro photos?
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Old Jul 27, 2010, 9:28 AM   #2
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I would imagine like everything else you shoot. You look in the viewfinder and compose your picture. When it looks right you click the shutter.
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This is as close as I have gotten to a macro shot. Not as good as anything on here but I liked the colours.



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I like it.

I think it would have benefited from a more shallow depth of field.
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I like it.

I think it would have benefited from a more shallow depth of field.
I am quite the noob to all this, what exactly does that mean? more blur in the background? I think this is the best I can achieve with a fixed lens camera.
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I am quite the noob to all this, what exactly does that mean? more blur in the background? ...
Yes, that's what it means.

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... I think this is the best I can achieve with a fixed lens camera.
Yes, your're probably right.

See. You're not quite the noob you thought you were.
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Well I like to think I can learn something everyday, here was today's lesson! LOL
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With each answer comes lots of questions. The more you know, the more you know you don't know. That's what makes all this fun!
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Ah, what to shoot? Whatever grabs your eye or bites your ass (metaphorically) or otherwise engages your attention. A good place to start is with... obsession. What (if anything) obsesses you? Plants, bugs, coins, miniatures, body parts, fabrics, jewels, walls, your matchbook / lint-ball / kewpie doll / arrowhead / button / wishbone / bottle / salt'n'pepper shaker / detonator collection, skin and its conditions and abuses, or what? Whatever grabs your soul, you can take photos that will grab eyeballs. If you're not interested passionately in what you shoot, why should anyone else care?

Macro is not like other schools of photography. Macro is driven by passion. Shooters don't build macro rigs and expend the effort necessary for good results unless they REALLY care. A joking list of which lenses to use for what, notes that macro shooters are the only really happy photographers. Indeed, great satisfaction derives from making / taking good macro shots. Maybe because it's so much a matter of technique (which can be mastered). Or maybe, because you're opening a window into little-seen worlds of marvel and wonder, revealing secrets unnoticed by most. Endlessly fascinating...
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