When you want to get in real close to your subject, you are entering the realm of the macro photographer. Usually this means you need a specialized macro lens, one that allows for extremely close focusing distances and provides a reproduction ratio of at least 1:1. For some subjects this may be your only choice, for example, capturing the minute details of an insect. For situations like that I will grab my M.Zuiko Digital 60mm F2.8 Macro lens. But often I want to capture a great close-up of my subject, giving it the macro ‘feel’ without actually being all that close. That’s when I put on a longer lens and turn to telephoto macros.
Using a telephoto lens for your close-up shots comes with several advantages over a regular macro lens;
Better depth of field – macro lenses have very shallow depths of field and often require you to focus bracket in order to get sharpness throughout your subject. Although this can be the case with a telephoto lens it is far less of an issue.
Better control of natural light – given your increased distance you are far less likely to cast unwanted shadows on your subject with your camera or body.
Easier framing – Since most telephoto lenses are also zoom lenses it is easier to frame your shot
Tilt-shift photography is the use of camera movements that change the orientation of the lens with respect to the image sensor, or by applying the effect of a shallow depth of field in post-processing software. In practice, this makes a real-world scene appear as a miniature or toy scene, such as you might find in a model railroader’s setup.
Mini house on the lake
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