Newbie here - I am seeking some tips for outdoor photography using my Canon 60D (twin lens kit). The lenses I have are EFS 18-55mm IS macro 0.25m/0.8ft and EFS 55-250mm IS macro 1.1m/3.6ft.

I would like to take some objects such as flowers, insects, etc.

closed as not a real question by mattdm, Itai, Paul Cezanne, MikeW, John Cavan Mar 31 '13 at 13:00

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  • Hi, and welcome to Stack Exchange. "Tips for outdoor photographhy" is very, very broad. In fact, it's so broad that it's not really a question at all. If you take a look at the faq, you'll see "If you can imagine an entire book that answers your question, you’re asking too much." However, I see a specific question about macro photography in there; I'm going to edit the title of your question to focus on that. – mattdm Mar 30 '13 at 14:18
  • Sounds like how do you screw a nail with a hammer? – Itai Mar 30 '13 at 14:54
  • Answer: buy an extension tube. See photo.stackexchange.com/questions/33674/… – dpollitt Mar 31 '13 at 6:49
  • As I mentioned earlier I am still a begineer, so is it wrong to post such questions? If so, this is not the place for me then.... I should be looking elsewhere for my queries. Will let others know not a place to be in here. – ambitious Apr 5 '13 at 5:59
  • Itai, As mentioned, I am a newbie. Isnt there no harm in asking questions as a starter? I have received two decent responses. There is no need to be rude to new starters in this forum. I will take note of this moderation and deletion of this comment. Please follow the ethics in this site. – ambitious Apr 5 '13 at 6:09

So, the bad news here is that although you've put the close-focusing distance of these lenses in the description, neither of them are real macro lenses. If you zoom either one all the way out, it will give a magnification of about one-third. A "real" macro lens will bring this to 1:1 -- the image projected on the sensor is the same size as the real object. For the super-impressive insect and flower close-ups you see, you'll want to do something better.

One approach is buying a dedicatd macro lens -- not a converter, but a lens which has 1:1 macro in the specifications. (Almost certainly a prime lens.) See How do I choose a macro lens for a Canon APS-C camera? for more.

You can also get great results using extension tubes or reversal rings -- we have a few great questions on that, too:

  • While neither lens is a true macro lens, it is still possible to take good close-up images of relatively large subjects. While I love the reach that my dedicated macro lens gives me, only very rarely do I find an interesting subject that is the right size at 1:1 and will sit still long enough for me to photograph. – Chinmay Kanchi Mar 31 '13 at 0:29

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