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The emerging interest in photography leads to the rise of macro photography workshop. They are offering exciting photography sessions for the novices. The telling characteristic of macro photography is of course those subjects that are shot at close distances. When this close camera to subject proximity can lead to visually engaging images taken from an intimate perspective, you can find this kind of photography presenting unique technical challenges As well.

There are many significant challenges that you would face while handling this kind of photography. One of these challenging issues is of depth of field or DOF. Depth of field indicates the area in front of and behind the point on which focus is set that should be rendered in sharp focus. DOF depends upon three major factors: aperture value, focal length and subject distance. If you get any two variables constant, setting a larger F-stop number (F-stop number means a smaller aperture opening) may create a larger DOF.

In macro photography, the depth of field depends primarily on just two factors: aperture value and magnification. At a fixed aperture value, you will get smaller DOF when the magnification ratio is higher. It explains the reason behind DOF's being shallow in macro; the magnifications are usually larger in comparison to any other type of photography.


The first thing you should consider is the aperture value. If the aperture you are using is so small then you may face a loss of sharpness due to the diffraction. In such a case, it will not be good for the image quality as the DOF would be too shallow in most of the areas of your subject.

Next, let's move to the point concerning magnification. Most of the macro photography workshops teach to lessen the magnification. How you can do it? You can do it by stepping back from the subject. You should make it take up less space in the frame. It helps a lot to increase the depth of field. But, you might have to struggle with two problems that are rooted in this solution: getting the subject fills a smaller part of the frame than what you intended and when you intend to have a larger crop then it may make your subject appear as if you shot it at closer range.

Macro photography always focuses on details. Your image should reveal all the features and details of your subject. When you aim at capturing a wild animal, you can't be closer to the subject in order to get a perfect macro picture. In such a case, only your skill and advanced equipments can help you out. You can buy macro lens for this purpose as well. Macro photography courses teach what equipments should be better and how they can be used to get the best quality images.

You cannot choose a macro photography course in a random way. Do a little research, gather information about them, try to collect feedbacks from the people who have attended the courses previously to make it sure that your time and money will not be wasted.

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