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.

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Use a Small Aperture for Large Depth of Field



If your camera gives you control over the aperture, use it. A small aperture (like f/11 or f/22) gives you a relatively large depth of field. That setting will make more of the background identifiable. A large aperture (like f/4) gives you a shallow depth of field. Which do you need for a good dewdrop photo? It depends. This shot, taken with a small aperture of f/16, keeps the whole droplet in focus.

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