Macro photography is a type of photography that amplifies subjects by taking photos extremely up-close. This can be used to showcase the details of an object or to make small subjects feel larger than life. While macro photography has hit it big with nature photographers who are given the ability to shoot everything from flower pollen nodules to the veins in a dragonfly wing, it has also held a special place for photographers looking to create more abstract prints.
When you shoot down to the macro level, you realize just how intricate the simplest things really are, and how easily you can abstract everyday objects.
Macro is also an interesting method to explore organic vs inorganic subjects. While there is an intrinsic beauty in nature, it’s been done a million times before, and I personally find manmade structures more interesting as a photo subject, since they are usually unassuming. When you shoot in macro, rusty bolts and car grills become found art, while deteriorating signage and discolored cement become a mishmash of textures and patterns.
With Samsung’s NX300, you can use the macro feature to get up close and personal with your surroundings. Simply switch your camera to SMART mode and choose “Macro.” The Samsung NX20 also has a similar function available in “Scene” mode called “Close Up.”
The best thing about shooting in macro is that it causes you to become more aware of the details. You realize just how many interesting shapes, patterns, and textures you come across with each shutter click. By experimenting with Samsung SMART CAMERA’s macro feature you’ll start to see hundreds of mini masterpieces just waiting to be captured.