Seeing close (Close Up Lenses)

One of the most interesting things you can do with your camera is to make close up photographs. When you move in close, any subject, large or small, will reveal qualities that are otherwise unnoticed. The human eye works most comfortably at distances measured in feet rather than in inches, so it is not surprising that the majority of people fail to recognize the beauty of intricate detail.

The close you approach a subject, the larger its image becomes. When this image is then further magnified by means of an enlarged print, unsuspected form, texture and complexity are revealed.

Many other hobbies also lend themselves to close up viewing and enjoyment through photographic techniques. If you build models (trains, airplanes, boats, dollhouses, and so on), details of construction as well as pictures of the finished product can add considerably to your pleasure and to that of other hobbyists with the same interests. Picturing the intricate inner workings of small mechanisms like watches can be a hobby in itself.

Flowers, butterflies and other small and lovely subjects can also be captured beautifully and permanently with close up photography.

Close up photography can have more practical applications too. It is a means by which you are able to copy and reproduce old faded photographs so that they are available to future generations. The same techniques will allow you to preserve old letters, drawing, book pages or important documents.

Close up techniques can also play a large role in presenting to insurance companies evidence of loss or damage. Color pictures of jewelry, silverware, coins, stamps and other small valuables, for example can save you a great deal of trouble in collecting on a claim.


More about close up lenses

- Supplementary close up lenses
- extension tubes
- bellow lenses
- macro lenses
- hints for close up photography
- tips for using close up magnification

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