Macro Inspirations, Tips and Tricks

You won’t have to look hr to find close-up ideas – even everyday household objets can make fantastic subjects Once You’ve trained your eye to look for macro photo opportunities, you’ll find them almost anywhere, even in objects such as stamps, coins, paper clips, drawing pins and so on. The fact that you’re capturing them from an unusual viewpoint makes shot of ‘found’ objects interesting in themselves.

Macro Shots Inspiration and Tips

Some of the best subjects for macro photography are supplied by Mother Nature. Rowers, plant and the insects that depend on them are perfect candidates for close-up word You can make a buttery look the sine of a Boeing or Spare leaf veins so they resemble the paths of a river on a map.

Shooting these subjects can be tricky – insects never stay still from one minute to the next, and Dowel or leaves bobbing in the breeze can May in and out of focus. This can be a problem with longer exposures, so one option is to increase the ISO seeing. For example, ISO 400 will give you two stops more sensitivity, enabling you to work with faster shutter speeds although this All results in noisier, grainier images. Another way to counteract movement is to use flash. This will generally freeze subjects and also provides the benefit of smaller aperture options and more depth ad field.

Macro tips

If your camera focuses poorly at close range, use the telephoto setting to increase magnification. However, remember that this will further reduce depth of field.

Attach a close up lens that screws onto the camera’s filter thread (assuming your camera has one). Available in +1, +2, +3, +4 and +10 magnification, many camera can be adapted with push on systems that enable a close up lens to be fitted

Use a small or white silver reflector to fill in shadow caused by overhead lighting or the camera itself

Boost the ISO setting to enable you to use faster shutter speeds or smaller apertures. Shots will be noisier, but images will be sharper with a larger depth of field

Use a tripod and cable release whenever possible to maximize depth of field and eliminate camera shake and ensure accurate focusing.

When using compact-style camera with an optical viewfinder, beware of problems with parallax – an effect caused when the viewfinder is offset from the lens. Although you may have composed your shot perfectly in the viewfinder, the fact that the lens is in a slightly different position means that the composition of the finished image will be altered. The closer you get to the subject, the more inaccurate the view through viewfinder will be.


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Comment by Dilip Joseph Subscribed to comments via email
2009-05-12 08:40:41

I have a question for you pros.. I am new to photography and probably this question is stupid and i wish someone can explain it in simple layman terms… I have a Nikon D90 and recently got a Nikon 105mm 2.8 macro lens.. Its awesome. What bothers me is I can’t get it to go above f/2.8. It stops at 3 and doesn’t wanna open more than that. This happens in both M mode and A mode. I spoke to Nikon Tech support and they got me to focus to infinity and it was going all the way up to 2.8. They sent me an article on “bellows extension factor”. I’ve no idea what this is and I was wondering if someone can tell me if I can try macro photography with my lens at 2.8..

 

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