This image above were taken using a compact camera only. So how can we achieve such image?
- Select the correct mode - You must first select the Macro mode. Most people using the compact cameras never play with the modes on their cameras. Generally the macro mode is symbolise with a 'little flower' on cameras.
- Aperture - Most of the compact cameras do not allow you to switch the aperture, however if your camera allow this, select the desired aperture that suits you. Bigger aperture (marks with the smaller number such as 2.8) for shallow depth of field, which allows only your subject will be crystal clear and sharp, while your background will be blurred. If you compact cameras do not allow you to play with the aperture, just cool and stick to the macro mode. =P
- Use a tripod - Yep, use a tripod to get best results even tough you are using a compact camera only. This can help you minimise camera shakes that will ruin your image. Or if you do not own a tripod, you can just put your camera on a table or anything sturdy.
- Composing - Remember Rule of Thirds. Arrange your image so that it has a point of interest. If you are using an animal as your subject for close up, make sure its eyes are sharp.
- Flash - Use flash because macro photography needs a decent light to avoid the images from being dull. But if you are using you compact camera flash, try to diffuse the flash by placing a tissue or something to avoid harsh light. Or use a reflector instead to help you light your subject.
- Self-timer - Use your camera self timer to avoid camera shakes. =)
Don't forget to try this tips if you are interested in trying macro (read close-up) photography with your compact cameras. Let me know if you have anything to ask. =)