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Before You Begin
There is more to macro photography than simply shooting things close-up. You need the right equipment, adequate lighting and knowledge about the proper techniques. Once you have brushed up on this information and assembled the necessary tools, you can begin hunting down unique and interesting subjects such as the following.
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Before you take a bite of your next meal or snack, consider how it would look magnified. Look at foods from different angles and in various combinations. Set items on plates, slice them up or take a bite. The seeds on a strawberry, the sprinkles on a cookie or the grains in a slice of bread can become lovely graphics.
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Water and Ice
When you consider that water and ice are typically clear and colorless, they might seem like odd subjects for any form of photography. Macro shots of droplets on a leaf, the splash of a dripping faucet or frost inside of an ice cube can be some of the most stunning shots you have ever taken.
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This doesn't mean you should head to the cemetery or morgue. Rather, find a conscious and breathing subject and then zoom in on an interesting feature. Eyes and lashes are great ideas, but so are toes, ears and even belly buttons. Using angles other than straight-on shots provides even more appeal.
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Junk Drawer Contents
The truth of the matter is, there is no wrong answer when you are seeking ideas for subjects. Empty the contents of your junk drawer, grab 10 items from your desk or dump out your purse onto the kitchen table. When you combine your photography skills with your imagination and creativity, you are certain to take pictures of which you can be proud.
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Marietta College, http://www.marietta.edu/~mcshaffd/macro/index.html
Spider: sxc.hu/Piotr Menducki
1 2 3: sxc.hu/Oliver Gruener
Kiwi: sxc.hu/george georgiades
Heart of Stone: sxc.hu/vancity197
Water Droplet: sxc.hu/Denis Green
Leather: sxc.hu/Adem KAYA
Marble: sxc.hu/myles davidson
Hungarian Coins: sxc.hu/István Benedek