This week I thought I would bring you some of my tips on macro!
Manual focus! In macro, you’re working with a very shallow depth of field. Autofocus will very rarely focus on the right thing and manual is almost always necessary.
Use a tripod! I actually break this rule a lot, but generally your photos and macro attempts will be a lot better with a tripod to keep your camera steady.
Use a small aperture (I try to stay at f9 and above) to get more of the subject in focus. Again, I do break this rule a lot and it can work with wider apertures. You’ve just got to know your subject and decide on how much you want in focus. If you can get on the same plane as your subject, more will be in focus. For example, photographing side on as I did below.
Try to keep a fast shutter speed! I’ve read that you should keep your shutter speed at the same of your lens length, at least. So with my 100mm macro, I try to keep my shutter speed at 1/100. If you’re using a tripod then this isn’t as big of a problem.
Check for distracting backgrounds. Many images can be ruined just by one random splodge in the background. A simple clean background is almost always more pleasing.
Use an external (never the on-camera!) flash to freeze movement. Handy if you have no tripod! I have a cheap ring flash from ebay and it does the job fine for me! I try to use natural light as much as possible though.
So, that’s my input! You can buy macro clip-ons for phones/digital cameras if you do want to play around! So who likes macro? I do!
(Disclaimer: These are just the things that help me. I’m not saying they are the ‘right’ thing to do and that you shouldn’t do anything else. If you have different ways of doing things, let me know! Maybe we can have a discussion!)