Christmas Photography: Macro Mode

One of the best ways to get some good shots out of your Christmas photography is to use the macro mode function on your camera. Many people take pictures blithely, without even realizing what this little device can do for them in terms of quality of shot and good focus. The macro mode is intended to take very close-up pictures, and these pictures can be of anything, from flowers on the table at Christmas lunch to ornaments, or even a small present for a child. The potential for using this device will depend very much upon the quality of camera that you have, but most modern digital devices have a big enough range to make using the macro mode an excellent way of taking great Christmas photography shots.

Finding the Macro Button

The first thing you will need to do is find the macro button. This can vary from camera to camera. If you are looking for the macro mode on the screen, you should be searching for an icon that looks like a flower. You may need to press the mode button several times until this appears, so be patient. You may also find that the button needs to be held down for a while before it is confirmed.

Using Macro at Christmas

Once you have turned your computer onto macro mode, you will be able to shoot smaller objects and closer objects with fine detail (although larger and further away objects might be more problematic). Move closer to the object until it appears on your screen as a clear, sharp image, and then take the snap. You can do this for whatever you choose, whether it's for decorations, Christmas cookies, etc.

Problems to Avoid

As with all photographic methods, there are things which you need to take into consideration while planning and taking your shots. With the smaller shot, you may have to be careful of brilliantly lit areas, as these can swamp the picture and make it difficult to trace the appearance of the focal object. On the other hand, you may also find that smaller objects become very dark when they are photographed, or you may cast an image into a reflective surface. You may be able to remove the worst of the marks using Photoshop, but it is also a good idea not to capture these images in the first place.

If you are using macro in your photography, you should select only a few shots in order to bring out the best of the device, rather than using a lot of small shots, which can overwhelm viewers after a while. When you have finished using the macro, remember to change the mode before you take any wider or larger shots.

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