Has this ever happened to you? It's a beautiful day, late afternoon sunlight is making everything glow, and you're anxious to take your camera and make some pictures. You head outside, but no matter where you look nothing of interest catches your eye. This is the perfect time to challenge yourself. When the wider view holds no interest, think smaller and closer—look for the details. For this exercise you will need one of the following: a Micro NIKKOR lens for shooting extreme close-ups; a NIKKOR zoom lens that can focus on a subject close up; or a COOLPIX camera that has a close-up mode.
Quick Tips for Close-up Photography
Make sure to center the AF point exactly on the subject of your photo.
Use a small aperture, say f/5.6 or f/8 so that the depth of field will render the subject in sharp focus.
Activate the VR image stabilization feature of your NIKKOR lens or COOLPIX camera to reduce camera shake and get a sharp image.