Macro Photography Checklist:
- Take your time and double check focus as your depth of field will be very shallow.
- Watch that exposure time to avoid camera shake, try and keep above 1/100. Adjust ISO and then Aperture if needed.
- The center of your lens represents its sharpest area, so be sure to compose the shot with that in mind.
- Aberrations are minimized when using mid-range aperture, think f/6.3-11.
- If insects or reptiles are your subject, think early morning so you can catch them while they are docile.
- Consider prime lenses over zoom for the best quality shot.
- Remember the white/silver reflector for redirecting light for the shoot.
- Close up filters can be used in combination, but each filter adds a layer of degradation to the image.
If you are having trouble with the focus try this tip:
Set lens to manual focus, then adjust to its minimum focus distance and finally move the camera back and forth until sharp focus is achieved.
- A clean filter is a good filter. Dirt can easily damage delicate filter coatings and create flare in images.
- When it comes to filters the fewer the better. Stacking filters will start to degrade the image quality of your photo, so remember to remove your UV before adding another.
- Avoid using lens apertures less than f/11 with graduated ND filters to hide where the ND area ends.
Solid and graduated ND filters can be used together. You can also use either or both with polarizing filters.