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Macro Photography

Macro photography is the art of capturing close-ups of minute subjects such as flowers, leaves, and insects. It allows photographers to show detail that are not easily seen by the naked eye.

Nikon offers a wide range of NIKKOR lenses for macro photography such as the AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED or the AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 40mm f/2.8G. Micro NIKKOR lenses allow you to focus on your subjects from a close distance, so you can capture the finest details with up to 1:1 reproduction ratio.

Here are some tips and tricks to remember:

• Get up close to your subject and capture your subject at near life-size.

• Background colour can play a big part in these images. Bring attention to your subjects by framing it against a dark background for contrast. Alternatively, when shooting a subject that is of a darker colour, a lighter, out of focus background can help it stand out more.

• Most NIKKOR lenses come with a Vibration Reduction (VR) system, which lets you capture your subjects in tack sharp detail even with handheld shooting.

• When capturing long exposure shots, it is recommended to switch off the VR mode and mount your camera on a tripod for added stability.

• Experimenting with different points of focus can dramatically change the way your subject appears, so it’s great to consider this when shooting.

• Keep your close-up images simple as these tend to give you the most dramatic and beautiful shots.

• Good depth of field and isolating your subject are two points to remember for great macro photography. A large aperture such as f/2.8 will minimise the depth of field for beautiful background blur, also known as bokeh. Alternatively, use a smaller aperture such as f/32 to render everything in clearer focus

With Nikon, amazing macro photography is extremely accessible, making it a popular choice for both beginners and professionals.


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AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED

The AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED is an outstanding medium focal length macro lens that excels at a host of photographic styles. With its sophisticated optics, f/2.8 maximum aperture and 1:1 reproduction ratio, you will be able to capture your subjects at their actual sizes, resulting in true-to-life macro shots.

AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 40mm f/2.8G

Capture spectacular macros as well as landscapes, portraits, and more with the AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 40mm f/2.8G. Featuring a 1.0x maximum reproduction ratio and a minimum focus distance of only 16cm, you will be able to capture your subjects with an extraordinary level of detail.

AF-S Micro NIKKOR 60mm f/2.8G ED

Discover a world of extreme clarity and unseen detail with the AF-S Micro NIKKOR 60mm f/2.8G ED, a compact, versatile macro lens that is capable of producing stunning sharpness with beautiful bokeh. With a wide maximum aperture of f/2.8, the AF-S Micro NIKKOR 60mm f/2.8G ED allows you to capture a wide range of shooting situations, from close-ups to portraits.