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The Complete Guide to Macro and Close-Up Photography by Cyrill Harnischmacher

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A bee and a small tortoiseshellf/4.8, 1/500 s, ISO 400, 150mm

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The Basics

Diverse factors attract photographers to macro photography. They range from simply wanting to create attractive images to having a scientific interest in creating art.

What remains the same no matter what your motivation, however, are the optical fundamentals. These basics, once mastered, are the key to success. The goal of knowing these principles is not to create technically perfect images, but to discover the boundaries and limits of the craft so that you can use them purposefully when composing your own pictures.

Curiosity was the main reason I took an interest in ...

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