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Dennis Curtin's Tabletop Photography

Choosing A Lens

The lens you choose for this kind of photography depends partly on the size of the objects being photographed. Photographing stamps or coins requires a different lens than photographing a collection of African art. Of course with most digital cameras, you donít have much of a choice, so make do with what you have.

Here are some things to think about when it comes to lenses and tabletop photography:

Minimum focusing distance determines how close you can get to a subject. The closer you can get to it, the larger it will be in the final image. A tiny coin surrounded by a large background isnít what youíre trying to get. Youíre trying to get a large coin surrounded by a small background.

Macro mode is a special lens mode offered on some cameras. Using this mode allows you to get a lot closer to the subject, making it much larger in the final image.

Supplemental lenses may be available for your camera. Many point and shoot cameras wonít have screw threads to make mounting it easy, but you can carefully tape it on.

Cropping. If you canít get close enough to an object to fill the image area, you can always crop out the unwanted areas later. Just keep in mind that you donít have a lot of pixels to begin with and the more you crop, the lower the images resolution will become.

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