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

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    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

    All part of the learning I suppose

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    Hi, I wish I could help but....

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    I think what you're getting already is spot on 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.
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    Lovely!

    I so enjoy the eye photos!

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    Well I like the ties! :D :D

    I still cannot believe how grown up Thomas looks.

    Beautiful boys, Da!






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    Well done to the boys.

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

    Please warn me if there are going to be eyes......
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    will do don't you love eyes then Di? I think they are absolutely beautiful things

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skywatcher, post: 199184
    will do don't you love eyes then Di?
    Just another one of my multitudinous phobias.
    I do love my own eyes though.
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    well I'd need to see a photo of those :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skywatcher, post: 199191
    well I'd need to see a photo of those :D
    You're just trying to trick me into blinding myself with camera flash, aren't you. :D
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