Macro photography tips in Photography
September 08, 2008, 08:46 AM
by Felisia A
Macro photography tips Macro photography tips
Diambil dari : http://www.tamron.com/lenses/macrotips.asp Macro Photography (Extreme Close-Up) Basics
MOVE IN ON
TINY AREA OF SUBJECT with the TAMRON SP AF90mm F/2.8 Di 1:1 MACRO
Choose a medium
telephoto (about 90-180mm) macro lens. A comfortable working distance (distance
between the front end of the lens to the subject) gives you the necessary room
for lighting and other gadgets that you may need for extreme close-up
photography. Get yourself a sturdy
tripod to eliminate possible camera shake during long exposures which is common
in close-up photography. High magnification also increases the effect of camera
shake. Carefully choose your
camera position. Do not cast your own or the camera''s shadow on the subjects. Switch to manual focus.
Autofocus often does not work well in extreme close-ups that are half life- to
full life-size shots. Focus on the middle area of the subject and stop down the
lens aperture as much as the light allows. This will give you the most
depth-of-field possible (zone in front and behind the subject that is in sharp
focus). Bracket your exposure in
half-stop increments under and over exposed.
Two-stop over-exposed image
of a rose (BELOW) gives you yet another lovely impression.
Let''s start in our own
CLOSE-UP PHOTOGRAPHY IS AS
EASY AS.... Mounting an autofocus,
tele-macro lens on your D-SLR (single-lens reflex) camera; Mounting your camera on
a tripod for stability; Loading a media card; Framing a favorite
subject in the viewfinder and pressing the shutter release button.
ONE STEP FURTHER Set your camera on
Aperture Preferred mode to make photograph sharp (by stopping down lens to a
small aperture) or to blur background (by opening aperture ring to a larger
aperture). Use a reflector board to
bounce light onto subject and soften harsh shadows. Use an electronic flash
to eliminate shadows and brighten highlights.
Pro-Tip Place a piece of colored
paper behind a flower to let the flower stand out in the picture.Colored paper
also eliminates a busy background of unattractive branches, etc. Support the
paper with a couple of sticks securely planted in soil behind the
flowers. Place water drops on
leaves with a spray bottle to give flowers the look of early morning
dew. Do not take any flower
pictures aimlessly. Pick one flower and concentrate on photographing
Make large blow-ups of
your close-up pictures.
Frame and hang them on
your living room walls. Large blow-ups in frames make truly outstanding
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