Many of today’s digital cameras are equipped with a macro mode. This will allow your camera to focus on subjects closer to your lens than when the camera is not in macro mode. This is sufficient for some close range shooting, but true digital macro photography will require you to go a little bit further.
While most lens options require a higher end full body or SLR digital camera, high compacts with built-in lenses can also be used. If you have a camera with a built-in lens, the best option is the use of an auxiliary macro lens.
These lenses slip onto your built-in lens using an adapter. The lens and adapter are relatively cheap and the resulting images are impressive. Before purchasing an auxiliary lens, do some research to fully understand the specifics of your digital cameras lens [http://www.mydigitalphotoclasses.com/digital-cameras-lens.html].
For those with full body or SLR digital cameras, there are many more options available. Use of a dedicated macro lens is the most popular approach. Again, do your research to understand lens specifics before you buy.
Another option for your full body or SLR camera is the use of extension tubes. The tubes can be combined to vary the length from the lens to the sensor depending on the specific need.
One of my favorite methods involves the use of a device called a reversing ring. With this method, you can use all of your traditional lenses. The reversing ring attaches to the front of your lens and allows you to mount the lens to your camera body backwards. This is my preferred method because it is inexpensive, produces high quality images, and can be combined with the other methods described above.
Digital macro photography is one of the most interesting areas of photography. Using one or more of the methods described in this article, nearly anyone can get started with minimal investment. As you get more into this area of photography, you might find it helpful to take a digital photo class to hone your skills. Now get out there and start enjoying the wonderful hobby of digital macro photography.