Tuesday, September 17, 2013

10 Tips For Better Macro Photography.

There's something very special and different about the miniature world, and the fact that it's one of the fields where you can't really see the details of your subject with your bare eyes increases the mystery. Here are ten of those tips

by Alan M.

1. Get Closer
Macro is all about capturing the intricate details of your subjects, and the closer you are to them, the more beautiful and curious detail is revealed.

2. Wake up Early and Try to Shoot in Soft, Natural Light
Using natural light is challenging, problematic, and often very frustrating, but nothing gets close to the natural appearance that results. the contrast is well controlled and the colors are much more natural when using natural light in conditions such as those before sunrise or on a heavily overcast day. Another advantages is that insects usually spend the night in a dormant state, ans shooting them early means they'll be tame and won't fly away just as you've finished composing.
the disadvantages is the necessary long exposures compel you to use tripod, and the slightest breeze can ruin an image.

3. Use a Tripod and a Camera Remote
The smallest camera shake can ruin your image when you're shooting tiny subjects down to a few millimeters in length. And use a remote, preferably cordless, to avoid camera shake when you press the shutter release.

by Centz

4. Shoot at Eye Level
In essence, wildlife macro photography is no different than any other kind of wildlife photography, the interesting details of your subjects are usually seen at the eye level and you need to position your camera to view the subject at an angle showing its most important features.

5. Mind the Background
In Macro, a small change in the angle of shooting can result in a very significant difference in the background. Be mindful of that. if a subject fills the frame, a busy background would most likely take attention away from the subject and when a subject relatively small in the frame, maintaining a smooth, even background could result in a boring image.

 by Centz

6. Control Depth of Field
The closer you are to a subject, the shallower the depth of field (DOF). The easiest way to get around this probles is to shoot the subject parallel to its body, so that the most of the subject's interesting deatures are still in focus or you can try focus stacking: shooting a series of images focused in different DOF and then combine them.

7. Focus carefully (and manually)
Use manual focus (and live view) exclusively when shooting macro because autofocus isn't accurate enough in extreme magnifications.
Why trust the AF sensor when you can trust your own eyes?

by Leon Baas

8. Try to caputre Rare, Interesting Scenes, Not Just Insects Sitting on Branches

9. Know Your Subject and Its Behavior
Even basic knowledge can significantly help you to shoot the more interesting sides of your subjects and get the shots more easily.

 by Centz

10. Understand What You're Doing
Don't count on luck, Understanding the camera parameters, subject behavior, wheather conditions, light and other aspects is important, and will make all the difference between a mediocre photographer and a good one. Macro is a highly technical field of photography, shooting thousands of shots and counting on a few of them doesn't seem like a good approach.

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