Nature is a thing of wonder and beauty, filled with stunning tiny details you can capture in all their glory with your camera’s macro mode. This lets you get your camera much closer to objects than normal, allowing for perfect placement to reproduce the intricate features and colours of a dewy rose or a ladybird balanced on a blade of grass. When you’re as up close and personal as you are in macro mode, you need to keep a few things in mind to ensure gorgeous end results. Here’s a simple guide to macro mode that’ll make you even closer to your bridge camera.

The Knowhow

Selecting the mode:

Most compacts feature a dedicated macro mode for this type of photography. This is normally indicated by a "flower" icon, but it may vary on your camera. It’s frequently a simple case of turning the mode select dial to point at this icon, or pressing the mode select button until the flower displays on the screen. Your user manual give you the details for your specific camera.

Keeping things stable:

Using macro mode you will need to be very close to the subject and possibly be zoomed in even further on tiny details. Any shake, movement or judder on the camera can cause the image to be blurred.

  • Either place the camera on a stable surface or use a mount such as a tripod or mini-tripod to minimise any movement from your body

Shutter release:

Pressing the shutter release button to take the photo can jog the camera, so care must be taken.

  • You may be able to purchase remote shutter release unit or cable for your camera. This stops any physical contact with the camera when you take the photo.
  • Alternatively, set the camera’s self-timer to a short delay. This gives you time to get away from the camera and minimise movement.

Camera positioning and light:

Be careful not to position the camera so you cast a shadow across the subject. Your subject will need to be well lit for optimal results.

  • Consider using a reflector to bounce light onto the subject. You can purchase specialist reflectors for a reasonable price, but could also use a sheet of white cardboard.
  • Try lighting the subject by using the flash. You can diffuse the light by covering the flash with a few layers of tissue paper. This will produce a softer photograph and make the flash’s light seem less artificial.

Macro photography is a tricky skill but, with a little practice, you can produce amazing and professional results. We hope this guide has brought some fine details into focus for you.

Always refer to the manufacturer’s manual for specific details.

Related links:

Bridge / System Cameras - Taking better pictures (Part 1/2)

Updated On:

Oct 14, 2011

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