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Macro Photography – Learn by Doing

Assignment #41 – Macro

Canon 60D 18-55mm lens – with Neewer Macro attached

I spent a few hours in the field this morning taking photos of flowers and anything else interesting. I am currently taking a photography class right now on landscape/macro which I really need! I rarely take landscapes or get in close for the macro shots. All my landscapes have my kids in them as the subject, so when it’s just me and nature I need to learn how to find my subject. It’s like an entire new avenue of learning for me. I can’t say enough about the teachers and their patience with the students as they explain over and over again about DOF or what our eye sees compared to what our camera sees. As for me I could listen and learn about exposure and DOF all day long and always feel I learned something new that I didn’t quite put together prior.

Tips on Macro Photography:

  • Always use a tripod – or something to hold your camera steady
  • ISO 100 – you can go a little higher than that, but try to keep it lower to keep the noise out
  • Try stopping down all the way (Going to the smaller side of your aperture like f/8 or up)
  • Morning light is good because it is softer, even directional light, warmer, no wind (sometimes), dew on
  • leaves, insects might still be asleep.
  • Late Light might have a breeze in the air(sometimes)
  • Clouds make a good soft box
  • Shade is soft
  • Bring a diffuser if shooting in the bright sunlight
  • One trick I found extremely beneficial was live view… I know most don’t like to touch their live view once you start shooting in manual. But in this case I found it very¬† helpful. When you’re on live view you can zoom in 10x to pinpoint the exact spot you want to make sure is tact sharp. Adjust your focus manually and then take the picture.
  • Before you put your camera on a tripod hold your camera and focus on the flower (or whatever you’re photographing). This way before you go through all the trouble of setting up your tripod you can decide if you even like the composition. If you do like it and want to move forward note how close your lens is to the subject and then set up your tripod.

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A video about shooting Fungi… There are some tips in there for all macro:

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