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Move In Closer


One of the quickest ways to improve your pictures when you are just getting started with photography is to move in much closer.

Often times the biggest difference between a casual snapshot and an incredible moment captured is as simple as how close you are.

If it feels like your photographs are missing something or they just aren’t grabbing attention, try moving in closer. When you think you’re close enough, go ahead and move in even a little bit closer. Seriously, just give it a try.

Practice with your camera and lens (or read the owner’s manual) to see just how close you can get and still be able to focus, but experimenting is half the fun of it.

Spend some time this week challenging yourself to capture some creative close up shots. If you are really brave (or more experienced) it may be time to take it a step further and try macro photography.

If you are uncertain on the difference between close up shots and macro, check out this Close Up vs. Macro article on

These videos may give you some ideas!

Close Up Photography

Cooking Oil Close-up Photography (fun!)

I would love it if you would leave your comments, tips, resources and ideas (at the end of this post) to help others improve their close up and macro shots too!


J. Cricket Walker


  1. Diana TrueDiana True10-01-2012

    In the day of digital we don’t have to worry about wasting film, thank goodness. When I first started doing closeups and macros I always made lots of shots of the subject at various distances. Once you get to know your camera you will know what distance to shoot to get the best clarity.

    Tip: Practice, have fun and learn from your mistakes.

    • CricketCricket10-02-2012

      This is so true. I learn the most when I am making mistakes. 🙂

  2. Joyce CampJoyce Camp10-02-2012

    ughhh..last night I wrote a comment and asked questions on this post from my laptop. It was even there after I submitted it…now it’s not here!!!
    This is the second time this has happened! My laptop is on it’s last leg but is it the problem or just me? …IDK!

    • CricketCricket10-02-2012

      Weird, I don’t see it. I do see a comment from you on Chuck’s article that was posted last night.

      • Joyce CampJoyce Camp10-02-2012

        Yes I did comment on Chuck’s article too! I think the questions I asked I did find answers to…gotta love google!

  3. Vickey RobinsonVickey Robinson10-02-2012

    Enjoyed reading and watching this. Great info. Thanks for making it available.


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