Use your camera's macro mode for great close-ups

Here's how to use your compact camera's macro mode--and add-on filters--to take close-up photos of flowers, dewdrops, and other tiny things.

Enter the Close-Up World With Macro Mode



Macro photography lets you see the natural beauty of the tiny things all around us. You can get in close to your subject--flowers, bugs, coins, you name it--by activating your camera's macro mode (almost always indicated by a tulip icon), or get even closer by attaching a close-up filter to the front of your lens. Macro shooting opens a whole new world to you, but you'll need to pay attention to certain details such as lighting and aperture. Go to my primer on shooting close-ups for some background, and read on for more tips.

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