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.

Filter Tips:

  • 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.

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