What makes a good Macro photo?

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  1. AlexisRhea

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    I love doing macro shots, but it occurred to me that I'm not really sure what makes a macro great. I suppose it depends on subject matter. Do you want to see the entire subject - say a flower for example, or do you want to see the details more than anything? Tell me O Wise Ones. :D I seek enlightenment.

    And for the sake of discussions of examples, should I post in the general gallery or could I do it here?

    Thanks in advance! :heart:
     
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    The things that make a good macro are no different from any other photo. Try to obey the rule of thirds, and make a pleasing and interesting image. Try to remove elements that distract from the subject. Most definitely watch your focus too because macro gives you a very tiny depth of field.
     
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    As mentioned, the most important thing could be focus. It is not easy to get the focus right at macro.

    Then I also agree in that there is nothing in particular to mention for macro photography; as in any picture, an interesting subject, interesting perspective, originality, try to show your own way of looking, etc.

    Between the two aspects that you mention, I would prefer going to some detail rather than taking the entire subject. But this is only a general/abstract comment that may not necessarily apply, of course
     
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    Thanks for the responses!
    Okay, so focus is the top priority. :) Maybe I should ask what makes a macro a macro? Is it just the DOF?

    Thanks!
     
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    I don't think its just DOF alone. that certainly helps. but i think showing the detail and the texture of something is really the most important. but of course to get that just right you have to have the focus dead on!
     
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    From a beginners point of view, there's no recipie for photos. I think that as long as the photo looks good, you and other people like it, then it's all good. If its creative and touches people in some way - even better.
     
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    Actually does a formal definition for macro exist? I know the Nikkor 35-105mm f3.5-4.5 is defined as Macro. It has a reproduction ratio of 1:1.6 and is not a true macro lens by any stretch.

    Is there a boundry anyone knows of?
     

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