View Full Version : Ok - how to use a macro lens please ( plus 2 of the boys before their concert last night)

28-03-2010, 08:15 PM
Ok proud owner of the Canon 100mm Macro now and again haven't had long to experiment but am very interested for everyones tips - need to use a fast shutter speed to prevent blur but focussing seems a night mare and at f2.8 the depth of field is wicked shallow - looks like I'll have to start learning how to shoot in manual

Plus the sun only cam out for about 5 minutes yesterday

Was working yesterday then spent the whole rest of the day ferrying kids to the concert - they both did us proud and performed in front of 300 or more people- Matthew did 3 Jazz pieces and Thomas s now 1st Violin to the String orchestra and they did Pirates of the Caribbean - It was great

Today haven't had a chance as have been to Bluewater then celebrating my team winning the least prestigious cup in football ;)

Ok the macros - advice please

Rusty plant holder


First spring buds - 1st one the depth of field made it really hard to get any real idea of the bud


A little better

I love eyes

Thomas' the focus was on the lash beds and didn't then get the cilliary muscles properly ! I never thought the DoF would be that shallow!!

Matthews was a little better

Pointless drip

Gratuitous proud parent moments :D

So advice - do I really need to be shooting in better light with a tripod and longer exposures with a smaller aperture

Also I have to drop the brightness on all my photos so whatever I'm doing I seem to be getting shots that are always over exposed :unsure:

All part of the learning I suppose

28-03-2010, 08:29 PM
Hi, I wish I could help but....

I have started to use this website...thought you might like to have a look..

Digital Photography Tips: Digital Photography School (http://digital-photography-school.com/)

28-03-2010, 08:33 PM
I think what you're getting already is spot on :yes: but you've instantly found the macro dilemma, DoF.

This is why you're rarely if ever see a magazine article on macro photography with hand held. You'll always see them on a tripod for the reason you state, you need a small aperture and therefore a longer exposure to get increased DoF.

The other thing you can do is up the ISO on your camera which will give you more light sensitivity but again, it's a tradeoff! Too far and you'll get too much noise.

It's hard to offer much advice because I think the major thing is tripod! but I would suggest a uniform background for the out of focus areas. If you look at the bud shots, if you could find a solid background colour, a compliementary colour preferably, that's what tends to make those shots award winning.

I love macro photography. You can do it inside when it's raining outside and it's great for experimentation but it does definitely take practice.

28-03-2010, 09:17 PM

I so enjoy the eye photos!

28-03-2010, 09:31 PM
Well I like the ties! :D :D

I still cannot believe how grown up Thomas looks. :sigh:

Beautiful boys, Da! :yes:

29-03-2010, 02:06 PM
Well done to the boys.:thumbsup:

It gives you a warm fuzzy glow being a proud parent, doesn't it? :yes:

Please warn me if there are going to be eyes...... :hide:

29-03-2010, 02:36 PM
:lol: will do don't you love eyes then Di? I think they are absolutely beautiful things

29-03-2010, 02:38 PM
:lol: will do don't you love eyes then Di?

Just another one of my multitudinous phobias. :lol:
I do love my own eyes though. :yes:

29-03-2010, 03:18 PM
well I'd need to see a photo of those :D

29-03-2010, 03:29 PM
well I'd need to see a photo of those :D

:lol: You're just trying to trick me into blinding myself with camera flash, aren't you. :point: :D

29-03-2010, 04:27 PM
:lol: no - if its just your eyes surely you can't mind that

:unsure: I'm not grooming you by the way :eek:

29-03-2010, 04:43 PM
:lol: no - if its just your eyes surely you can't mind that

:unsure: I'm not grooming you by the way :eek:

Hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha. I'm leaving this thread now. :wink:

31-03-2010, 09:01 PM
The clarity to me is amazing(Remember i have very poor eyesight) however seeing each individual lash. Magnifico

01-04-2010, 11:20 AM
heres a few i took with my 70-300 macro a while back set totally on auto and handheld

01-04-2010, 09:29 PM
Simply love 3rd picture!