Enable Macro?

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  1. seaman0385

    seaman0385 TPF Noob!

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    Just recently I picked up a Nikon D40 with the kit lens 18-55mm. I'm pretty new to photography and have been taking tons of pictures. I was wondering if there was setting to enable macro, or if it was built into the lens and it is automatically adjusted with the lens?

    I also ordered the Nikkor 55-200mm Lens from nikon as well.

    I was wondering if anyone has some other beginner advice?

    Note: experimenting with HDR... different exposures without a tripod it is really hard.

    Thanks,
    Dan
     
  2. lockwood81

    lockwood81 TPF Noob!

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    Purchase a good tripod, your pictures will improve dramatically.

    As for Macro there isn't a setting, its the lens, you could take your kit lens and turn it backwards and that would be a reverse macro lens...creates a very shallow DOF. And is difficult to hold and focus and shoot at one time.

    You can buy an extension tube that allow for close-up macro shots with your lens. (the Cheaper way)

    Or find a lens that says it is macro.
     
  3. Joves

    Joves No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    You need to do as lockwood said or, find some nice Nikor-Micro lenses. There is no Macro mode in dslrs. You can shoot faily close up though with the 18-55. Just move in back and forth to till you get to the closest it will focus.
     

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