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.

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