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What is Macro Photography?

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  • 27/07/18

Macro photography is used in many areas of photography such as food, product, and even portraiture. A designated macro lens allows you to shoot at a magnification of 1:1.

What does this mean?
You can capture the real size of the object. This lens will allow you to get close and focus- win-win.

Let us break it down for you.
If with a normal zoom lens you were photographing a tree that was 1 meter in height. This will be projected onto the sensor as 1 cm. The magnification ratio is 1:100. So this means the tree is 100 times larger in real life than its image projected on the sensor.  Just say you are photographing a cake and it is 10cm in height and its projection on the sensor is 2cm long, the magnification ratio is 1:5. The cake is five times larger in real life than its projection on the sensor.  If we photograph a 1cm raisin for example and its projection on the sensor measures 1cm as well, the magnification is 1:1.  Cool, isn’t it.

If we look on our lens or our camera bodies, we might have an option to switch to a macro lens. This isn’t going to give you the same magnification as if you buy a prime macro lens.

We particularly enjoy the 100mm macro lens. As always consider the colours, brightness, shapes, and textures of our subject and by combining these with the ability to adjust the depth of field we can achieve wonderful macro images.