Genealogy: Taking better digital photos close-up

Taking better digital photos close-upBy Barry J. Ewell

With close-up photography, familiar objects become unusual and abstract … and unusual objects become even more fascinating. Whether you want to capture flowers or ripples in a pool of water, close-up photography reveals details the eye tends to take for granted. All you need is a digital camera, curiosity about the world around you, a sense of adventure, and a handful of tips and techniques.

Depth of field.  Since many digital cameras are able to get within an inch of your subject, they’re ideal for taking close-ups. But you’ll notice that very few close-up photos are completely sharp from foreground to background. That’s because when the camera is really close, your depth of field (the sharp, in-focus part an image) is shorter, which can make focusing on your subject a challenge. Continue reading