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Digital SLR Photography All-in-One For Dummies, 2nd Edition by Robert Correll

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Chapter 5: Close-Ups

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Close-ups are a fantastic way to capture details. They help you see things in a different light, whether the photo is of a statue, a spider, or a flower. This change in perspective also helps you as a photographer.

After shooting close-ups for a while, you’ll find that all your photographs improve. The reason is that you tend to pay close attention when shooting smaller details. The background, the lighting, the camera orientation, the depth of field, and other aspects of the scene become larger. You concentrate on them more fully.

Close-ups are fun. Just zoom in a bit and get close to your subject. If you have a stronger telephoto lens, you can stand farther back. This helps with animals.

Concentrate on making sure the depth of field (area of focus) is reasonably sized. The distance this equates to depends on your subject. It might be half a spider or a small slice of a candle. Stepping in close will shrink it. Also pay attention to shutter ...

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