Okay, bring your camera in close… Closer… A bit closer… There! Perfect!

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

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Shooting Telephoto Macros
Shooting Tips and More by Peter Baumgarten at Olympus

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Rêverie; La Belle du Bal …

Photographie Macro par Nelya Rachkova

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Macro Photography by Nelya Rachkova
more at 35photo

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Incredible Macro Images

As most of the macro photographers are going on location to make their images, Jimmy Hoffman, most of the time, works with the insects he grows himself.

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Incredible Macro Images by Jimmy Hoffman
more in Shades Of Color Magazine
Total Priority to the Image & the Photographers

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The Secrets of Bees

Observing a wild nest of honeybees reveals tricks to their survival.
Photographs by Ingo Arndt

Over six months, Arndt shot more than 60,000 pictures, creating a portrait of wild honeybees unlike anything seen before.
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The Secrets of Bees
more in National Geographic Magazine

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Where Sharpness and Softness Coexist

FíRIN is a variation of Fírinne, the Old Irish word for “truth”, which was coined during the Gaelic Revival in the late 19th Century. It means, “that which is real”. It signifies “being true to someone or something”. And it represents a promise from Tokina to photographers to help them capture the truth in their images with this revolutionary new lens.

With FíRIN, photographers can shoot with confidence, knowing that every image captured with their mirrorless cameras will be its own moment of truth.
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Where Sharpness and Softness Coexist
more at tokina

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