Assignment 12: Close Up Photography

This month’s assignment is Close Up Photography.  Notice I did not use the word macro.  Close up photography is anything from a ratio of 1:4 down to 1:1 (where Macro starts).  I am looking for you to create Close Up photos and to tell me how you photographed them. This gives you an opportunity to get up close and personal with the smaller things surrounding each of us.

To participate in this assignment you do not need to use a true Macro lens. Many zoom lenses have a Macro setting which is normally around 1:4 or 1:3. Do you own a Point and Shoot camera?  Most have a Macro setting. Of course, if you have a Macro lens, feel free to use it.

On Friday, I will be discussing the many ways you can achieve close up photographs using your existing photographic equipment and additional equipment ranging from a few dollars to hundreds.  In fact, I used a close up filter to take the photo you see below of a flower from the ESF Greenhouse visit a couple of weeks ago. I further cropped it down to this composition using Apple Aperture 3 photo management software. The cost of the filter?  Less than $20US.

Close up photo of a flower.

Close up photo of a flower taken with a 10x close up filter on a Nikon 50mm f/1.8 lens. Nikon D700/50mm, 1/60s, f/8, ISO 200, EV 0, 10x close up filter, tripod.

As in the other assignments, do not send me your photos. What I would like you to do is post them on your blog, flickr or other photo sharing site, personal website or any other place on the Internet where you can place a link to it here by making a comment to this blog entry. Then we can visit those sites and enjoy everyone’s Close Up Photography.

Please, have your photos posted on or before Midnight (your time), Wednesday, March 23, 2011. Don’t have a place to post? Might be a good time to start up a blog or join a photo community like flickr.  As I have done for all the Assignments, I’ll put together a recap with my comments.

If you have any questions, leave me a comment and I will be happy to answer them. By the way, I would really appreciate it if you would help spread the word about this assignment so we can get lots of people to participate. Blog it, tweet it, email it and talk about it to your fellow photographers, bloggers, friends, family and pets. Thank you

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60 Responses to Assignment 12: Close Up Photography

  1. Robin says:

    Sounds like another fun one, Scott. Thank you. 🙂


  2. milkayphoto says:

    This one will be a struggle for me, Scott, but somehow, I’ll do the best I can… 😉


  3. Debbie Littlejohn says:

    How’d you know I just got a new lens with a Macro setting that I’ve been trying to figure out? Can’t wait for Friday’s post to learn more.


  4. Yeah, I don’t know…… going to be really tough for me, too! Might have to skip this one 😉


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  6. Simone says:

    Yay macro! Great fun altogether. How many can I enter? :-p I’ll give you this, anyway –
    … that said, I might attack those 1930s cameras with the ‘proper’ macro lens, not the 24-70 2.8 🙂


  7. cindydyer says:

    Lovely shot, nice composition.

    I might have to join in this month’s topic–macro!


  8. Barry Wallis says:

    I took this photo of a bee in my hairdresser’s backyard. I used a zoom lens at 200mm from several feet away at 1/200 of a second (it was very sunny) at f/13.


  9. Karma says:

    Tracy and Michaeala stole my comment! 😉


  10. yesbuts says:

    Has the shot got to be taken for the assignment, or can an old one be used?


  11. Nye says:

    Scott, this sounds like fun, looking forward to reading more on Friday.


    • I want this to be fun but I will admit shooting close up photographs needs a lot of patience and persistence. Once I figured out I could not just set up and fire away (as is my norm), I relaxed and let myself enjoy the process.


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  13. Anna says:

    Do you have a flickr group that people can upload these assignments to? I didn’t catch that link. That’s about the only thing I use flikr for.


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  17. Giiid says:

    🙂 Yeah! I´m looking forward to join and to see every other contribution.


  18. Anna says:

    I shall just post to the blog, as that’s the easiest then, I was just curious about the flickr option. I try not to spread my photos too far, so wordpress it is..

    here is an entry I came up with, I did not read the part about them being current photos.. these were currently un sorted? Does that count? Hopefully weather will permit me to get outside and get more recent shots.



  19. burstmode says:

    I’ve always liked your challenges. I have avoided them because I am often away for long periods but like Cindy, Tracy, Michaela and a few others, I don’t think I can resist this topic.


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  22. Nye says:

    Hi Scott, this is my contribution and spring is in the air. 🙂


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  24. Carsten says:

    Thanks for the tip Scott.
    I’ll see what I can do.
    Until then, you can have a guess here.


  25. Chris says:

    So this is my first time ever joining a photo assignment. well, here I go:


  26. Simone says:

    As promised – the owl!
    Nikon D300, Nikkor 300 mm f/4 @ f4, don’t ask me about the shutter speed though. Handheld, too.


  27. flandrumhill says:

    Inspired by your butterfly photo, I’ve added my images for the assignment to a post on Butterflies in Winter at

    Thank you for the opportunity to participate Scott 🙂


  28. Debbie Littlejohn says:

    Hi Scott-

    Here is my attempt-

    Pussy Willows


  29. Katherine says:

    Here’s mine… had to lay down on the sand/snow.
    Close up


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  31. Hello Scott ! Here is my contribution from way up in the alps where I am spending the week :
    I appreciated the assignment and hope you will have a pleasant weekend.


  32. chriscaff says:

    Hi Scott. You have a great blog here! As requested, here’s a link to my macro post.


  33. Karma says:

    Here’s my contribution:
    Thanks again for hosting these assignments, Scott! 🙂


  34. kanniduba says:

    Because flowers, early spring, and up close just belong together…


  35. Jennifer A (Bread and Putter) says:
  36. Erika says:

    Oh. This suddenly reminds me of my beloved Canon S5 + Raynox DCR-250 setup. Sigh. I’ll miss them.


  37. Robin says:

    Hi Scott. Here is my vacation-style take on close up photography:

    Thanks again for another great assignment!


  38. Thank you all for your fantastic submissions!

    Here is mine: Getting Close


  39. Carsten says:

    Hi Scott
    I grabbed the camera and took a few shots today. It’ll have to do as my contribution.
    At least it was a wonderful day 🙂


  40. Deanna says:

    OK, here it is and I might still have time to watch a show before midnight!


  41. This was sent to me back on March 22 from Mary of Mary’s Quilt blog:


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