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Hi everybody. Looking forward to seeing some great images and getting some tips and ideas. Hope to have a go at the weekly challenges too.
I love close up so hopefully will be joining in with my budget gear
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I wanted to get a photo from my portfolio but I could not work out how to move down the page
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Could someone tell me how to upload a photo to this comp please,
Hi, I have recently joined the group and am just having a look to see how things work before submitting a photo. Will try to macro something red before Sunday and hope not to win, not that I would expect to. It brings with it the challenge of selecting the winner and setting a new topic. I know its for fun but it feels a little like joining the motorway, at the moment I am on the slip road and matching my speed to the traffic.
I did some macro before and found that I liked it. I am not a paparazzi type photographer, if there's a crowd chances are that I will not be there. I like to research and plan my photos but do try to carry a compact (Panasonic TZ20).
I have decided on or fallen into the Nikon DSLR camp with a D7000, D700 and a D800 but started with the Canon EOS60D which I like if only for its articulated screen which makes low-level shots easy and saves bending over for mid-level tripod work.
My macro lens (I only have one) is the Nikon 105mm micro. This is a 1:1 lens but with a full set of extension tubes this magnification is doubled. I use a piece of white closed-cell polyethylene (an A4 packing piece from a delivery box) that I cut to have a handle that I secure to the flash with a couple of elastic bands. The sheet droops slightly in front of the forward facing flash and deflects the light down beyond the lens and onto the subject thus avoiding the shadow of the lens being cast on the macro scene. This setup is ideal for walking and taking macros of flowers and insects.
Flying insects like bees do not wait for long so my method is to set everything to maximum magnification and just move the camera in or out almost imperceptibly until the subject is in focus (requires a degree of concentration and breath control) and then gently squeezing off the shot. Shiny insects can be a problem especially if taken in direct sunlight without a flash, white spots of reflected light, where hairs emerge from the body, will betray even the slightest camera movement as they appear as short white traces on the magnified macro image.
The DSLR is set to manual and the dioptre setting on the eyepiece is checked to make sure that it is still set to match my right eye. Focus can be determined by eyesight alone so auto focus is turned off. Focus is determined by moving the camera in or out, the difference between in and out of focus will be noticeable especially if looking at one point like the eye of an insect. At the macro level depth of field will be very small and the lens needs to be stopped down as much as possible so a flash is usually necessary to limit exposure time with the time being determined by the duration of the flash rather than the shutter speed. Lots of things to experiment with and learn from. I am still learning.
Focus stacking is a great pleasure in macro work. There are specialist software programmes for this but I use Photoshop. Because of the small depth of field in macro photography it is not always possible to get all of your subject in focus. The method requires a very still or dead subject. A series of photos is taken. For each photo only a part of the subject will be in focus. This line of focus is advanced over the subject either by mounting the camera on a focusing rail and moving it forward slightly between shots or by keeping the camera still and changing the focus by turning the focus ring on the lens.
The photos are imported to the programme in the correct order and after alignment the software selects only the in focus part of each image and stitches them together to form a finished photo, of the subject, which is in focus from front to back. I never cease to be delighted when after several minutes of number crunching the computer blinks and displays the result.
Compact cameras with a macro give excellent results of slightly larger objects like flowers and may even have a GPS facility built in to geo-stamp your images from your walk in the great outdoors.
Have been enjoying learning curve with macro lense want to learn more
Hello all, not experienced by I do love taking close up shots ! look forward to sharing and learning from you all x
My first macro lens delivered by santa, and my first contribution to the group uploaded.
Hi Folks, Just joined up...just waiting on delivery of new macro lens then i'll hopefully get some good pics to post
I have just joined the group and look forward to learning the art of macro photography
Hi Everyone, Just purchased my first macro lens and I am looking forward to participating in the challenges and learning about macro shooting
Hi Everyone fairly new to this got my first camera in January and love it xx
I have just started photography again after a long break and have just bought my first macro lens, so I am really looking forward to the challenges.
Hi everyone. I've been involved with photography for a very long time and was beginning to feel a little jaded. I need another challenge and this group appeals to me. Now to get out the macro gear.
hi all, just joined the group and hoping to get my teeth into a new project.
Hi guys, gonna join in on this next week if that's ok...at the beginning of a 365 project so this will hopefully provide some great inspiration!!
Hello everyone! this looks like a good place, will shoot some macro next week
Just joined the group and submitted my entry for the current competition (photographic equipment). Hope to see more pictures!
Good day to all!
hi all looks like a fun group to join
Found you all again After some time away saw the other group stopped in July - thought that could be the end of macro!!
Ignore the above, wrongly posted. Apologies.
Old blokeh is out for a walk, sorry judging will be a little late.
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