Tutorial: Macro Photography

The equipment you will need

Your camera will typically be moved closer to the subject for macro photography. This magnifies the effects of camera shake, blurring the image. Using a tripod keeps the camera steady during the exposure.

A sturdy tripod is usually recommended, though almost any tripod is better than none. If you are photographing subjects you can place on a table, then a tabletop tripod is suitable for the smaller EOS models.

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Titanite & Ferrohornblende, You Connect member Matteo Chinellato, Canon EOS 7D

Macro lenses
The best EOS accessory for close-up photography is a macro lens. This attaches to the camera body in the usual way and will focus to infinity. However, the close-focusing will take you in to give life-size images. Canon offers a wide range of macro lenses to suit all requirements.

Lens alternatives
Macro lenses are good if you plan to do a lot of close-up work, but a less-expensive option is a close-up lens. This screws to the front of your existing lens, just like a filter. A close-up lens takes up very little room, but can transform the capability of a camera lens. It is the ideal accessory to carry when you want to travel light.

There are two types of Canon close-up lenses; the 250D and 500D. The Type 250D is more powerful than the 500D, giving greater magnification.

Another option you can use with your current lens is an Extension Tube. This fits between the lens and your EOS camera body, increasing the distance to the sensor and allowing the camera to focus closer to the subject. Extension tubes are best suited to camera lenses with focal lengths of 100mm and less.

There are two Canon Extension Tubes – EF12 II and EF25 II. The number relates to the length of the tube – the 25mm gives a greater magnification than the 12mm tube.

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