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Landscape photos can be stunning in appearance, but they are not the only way to present new worlds through the art of photography. Closing in on an object or subject allows photographers to present the ordinary in a completely new light. This technique of bringing out the tiniest details is known as macro photography and its popularity is on the rise.

Macro Photos of the Human Eye

Macro photography is an effective technique for many types of subjects, but especially catches ones attention when used with the human eye. Close-up shots of the human eye are intense and often shocking, but they are also capable of capturing the beauty that is inherit in every person. Best of all, no matter how many different eyes you choose to photograph, none of them will be exactly the same, lending the potential for a great deal of versatility in your photos.

Choosing a Camera

You can take macro photographs using many different camera models, including your everyday digital camera. To get the best quality, you’ll want to use a single-lens reflex camera. Additionally, you will want to invest in a good macro lens. This type of lens is specifically made to capture images from a distance as small as two millimeters without sacrificing picture clarity.


Usually, it is best to use flash when shooting macro photographs. Unfortunately, this is not always possible if you are taking close up shots of somebody’s eye. Think about it-how would you like to have somebody repetitively blast you with a flash of light a meter from your subject?

If you have a macro lens with a 150–200 millimeter range, you may be able to shoot your picture from further away, making it possible to use flash. You also may be able to achieve this if you use an extension tube. If you decide to use an extension tube, remember that a longer exposure time is required for this type of attachment

If your focal length is less than 150 millimeters, you are better off not using the flash. Instead, use natural lighting during the session. This will be much more comfortable for the subject and it won’t distort the image. To get a good picture, you’ll want to be outside on a sunny day.


Choose the largest aperture possible when taking macro shots. This will enable your camera to capture a high amount of detail, which is your main goal when shooting this type of picture. To get the best exposure with a small aperture, you need a slow shutter speed and sufficient lighting.

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Posted by Carrie Jensen

Guest author Carrie Jensen writes for Just Eyewear, an online retailer of prescription eyeglasses and sunglasses.

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