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01/29/2021 04:02:36 PM · #1
Any strict technical definition of macro? Normally enlargement factor > 1, so larger than life, but previous challenges also close-ups were submitted.

Just to add: it makes a big difference. With real macro you usually have to take the object as-is and find a nice perspective, light, interpretation etc. Closeups can be large enough to manipulate , to create a scene/picture. Oops, this addition was written during kirbic's answer.

Message edited by author 2021-01-29 17:11:02.
01/29/2021 05:05:54 PM · #2
Ahhhh! Put the lid back on the huge can o' worms! ;-)

Pretty much since the advent of the digital sensor, the "magnification > 1" criteria has been obsolete. Most folks, including myself, take a more inclusive approach, I think. If you include less than 36mm of image width, that would meet the criteria in the strictest sense (since that was what the original definition implied when used with a 35mm camera). I'd suggest that magnifications down to about half of that are just as defensibly "macro" as opposed to close-up.
That's my two cents... others may have stricter or less strict interpretations.
01/29/2021 07:09:42 PM · #3
Just make a pretty picture now already would'cha.
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