Basics of Photography – Macro vs. Infinity Mode

Most digital cameras provide a lens setting for close-up, or macro, photography, which allows you to focus on objects that fall closer than two feet from the lens. This setting is ideal for photographing close-ups of flowers or small subjects with lots of detail. Many cameras also offer a long distance, or infinity, mode, which focuses on subjects from several feet away to the horizon (ideal for scenic photography).

The macro mode is usually identified by a picture of a small flower, while the infinity mode is identified by the “infinity” symbol (a horizontal figure 8) or a small mountain range. If your camera offers only a macro mode feature, it’s usually because the Infinity setting is automatically assumed when the macro setting is turned off.

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