Get 5% off Loupedeck CT with code: Ephotozine5

Close-up Photography Tips With Your Nikkor Lens

Get a little closer to your subject and shoot some creative close-ups.

|  Nikon AF 200mm f/4D in Interchangeable Lenses
 Add Comment

Photo by Cattyal.


  • Macro lens – The AF-S 105mm f/2.8 lens is perfect for close-up work.
  • If you want to use a compact camera make sure it has a macro mode so you can capture small details with crystal-clear clarity.
  • Tripod
  • Flash gun



One problem you may face with macro photography is the limited amount of sharpness in front and behind the main point of focus. This means you may, for example, get a really sharp flower stamen but the petals in front and behind will be soft. Having a shallow depth of field can work well when you're shooting a creative flower shot but if you want to increase the depth-of-field simply select a smaller f-stop (larger number) and use a slower shutter speed to compensate for the lack of light now reaching your camera's sensor.


Your camera might not be going anywhere but if you're working with a subject that moves, such as flowers or insects, trying to get a pin-sharp shot of them can get a little frustrating. The problem of a swaying flower can be easily rectified by setting up a simple shield to protect it from the wind or try using a plamp to keep it still but this method can't be applied to a spider or bee. A flash gun can help freeze movement but make sure you're using it off camera as on-camera flash may only light part of your subject or even miss all together. Most importantly to freeze movement a faster shutter speed can be used. 


Back inside you'll find plenty of objects that have plenty of macro photography potential. Things like pots and pans, colanders and cooling racks make great subjects for this. For arty results, trying adjusting the white-balance to give the metal a blue cast, switch to a larger aperture to leave less of your object in focus or try using a wider lens to exaggerate the size/shape of the object. If you have a problem with shadows use a reflector or even a piece of silver foil to bounce a little more light into the scene. Cutlery works well, particularly forks as you can criss-cross the prongs and shooting them on a simple white background next to a window will produce perfectly good results. Once you've finished rummaging through the cutlery draw why not turn your attention to the fruit bowl? Segments of orange or kiwi look great when back lit on a light box. Just remember to crop tightly to enhance the abstract touch.


Support this site by making a Donation, purchasing Plus Membership, or shopping with one of our affiliates: Amazon UK, Amazon US, Amazon CA, ebay UK, WEX

It doesn't cost you anything extra when you use these links, but it does support the site, helping keep ePHOTOzine free to use, thank you.
View Directory Page : Nikon

Other articles you might find interesting...

Fujifilm XF Fujinon 50mm f/1.0 R WR Lens Review
Fujifilm Unveils The Latest X Series Lens Roadmap
Meike 8mm T/2.9 Mini-Prime Cine Lens for MFT-Mount Cameras Announced
Top 32 Best Telephoto Zoom Lenses 2020
Mitakon Speedmaster 17mm F/0.95 Lens Review From David Thorpe
Samyang Lens Simulator Review
Sigma 105mm f/2.8 DG DN Macro Art Lens Announced
Meike 35mm F/1.7 APS-C Manual Focus Prime Lens

There are no comments here! Be the first!

Sign In

You must be a member to leave a comment.

ePHOTOzine, the web's friendliest photography community.

Join For Free

Upload photos, chat with photographers, win prizes and much more.