Macro Photography Equipment

First thing that we need for any kind of photography is obviously a camera. Nowadays digital cameras have become really affordable. Good digital point-and-shoot cameras can be bought for as little as $100. {+++}

A typical point and shoot camera

A typical point and shoot camera

This type of camera is particularly popular with people who want an easy to use camera for taking pictures on vacation or want to document a party or a birthday. It’s a camera that was designed primarily for simple usage. Most point-and-shoot cameras use autofocus lenses for focusing and automatic systems for setting the exposure. Point-and-shoot cameras have flash units already built in.

This symbol is usually used to present the macro mode of the camera

This symbol is usually used to present the macro mode of the camera

Better point-and-shoot cameras have a built in macro feature. What it does is that it allows you to focus very close to the subject. Unfortunately, this is just a marketing gimmick, as the built in lens doesn’t really let you take true macro photos. Magnification that these built in lenses provide is just not big enough. The good news is that you can still get very nice close-up pictures with this type of camera. It won’t be true macro, but it will still be a nice picture.

For the purpose of this workshop, a good point-and-shoot camera with a macro feature will be enough. However if you want to take true macro photos, you will have to invest in a DSLR.

DSLR stands for Digital Single-Lens Reflex camera. We won’t go into details how it works. For the purposes of this course, we’ll define DSLR as camera that uses removable lenses. It uses a mirror that allows you to see the image you’re about to shoot through the viewfinder.

Canon 5D Mark II - very good digital SLR camera

Canon 5D Mark II - very good digital SLR camera

DSLR cameras are bigger and heavier than point-and-shoot cameras. The pictures you get with this type of camera are usually better. It also offers much more flexibility as you can easily swap lenses. This feature allows you to get a special lens for macro photography that offers the right amount of magnification. If you want to get more seriously involved with photography, you should really consider a DSLR camera.

The prices of DSLR cameras have dropped significantly and you can now get a nice “prosumer” model for less than $1,000.

Any DSLR camera needs a special lens to be mounted on it, and since this is a macro photography course, we will look at lenses that are made especially for macro photography. But first let’s find out why DSLRs are better than point-snd-shoot cameras.

Macro Photography Workshop