Coaxing a Digital Camera to Take Close Ups

Virtually every digital camera on the market has a close-focus mode. How that mode works, though, depends upon whether your camera has an autofocus or fixed-focus lens.

Autofocus Cameras

In cameras with autofocus lenses (and that represents about 95 percent of the cameras on the market today), you enter close-focus mode (also called macro mode) by pressing a button on the camera body. A tulip icon typically represents close-focus; you should see a button somewhere on your camera with such a symbol. You can see the close-focus button control in Figure 5-1. Often, the camera buttons perform more than one function. You may need to press the button several times before the macro mode is actually enabled, usually indicated by a tulip somewhere on the camera's LCD display. That tulip is a reminder that you are in close-focus mode, and you will get good results when shooting within only a few inches of the camera. In addition, some digital cameras require your zoom lens to be within a certain macro range—zoom in too far and it won't be able to focus properly. If in doubt, check your camera's manual.

Digital Camera and Digital Photography

Digital Camera and Digital Photography

Compared to film cameras, digital cameras are easy to use, fun and extremely versatile. Every day there’s more features being designed. Whether you have the cheapest model or a high end model, digital cameras can do an endless number of things. Let’s look at how to get the most out of your digital camera.

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