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Macro Sharpness

AndyMurdo 16 37 7 United Kingdom
22 Jul 2012 9:32PM
Hi John, just a few additional words on technique, If you are hand holding to shoot insects or any subject for that matter at high magnifications in macro, you are going to get a lot of dud pictures in the process due to the very limited depth of field, If you wish to photo insects using a tripod, you need to try an track your subject when it is cold (Insects are cold blooded and need to warm up in the sun before flying or moving) so crack of dawn after a cool night is one of the best times to capture them in the wild. Some pro's capture their subject literally and chill them in a fridge (using a small container to hold them of course) then later putting them into an aquarium type of set to photograph the before letting them back to the wild, but in either case you will have to work quickly as they will warm up rapidly in normal conditions, so you will only have a few min's at best. You will also need to brush up on your tracking skills to know just when and where to find your quarry, it's all part of the fun and can be done via books on insects or on wildlife websites, you will also be able to identify those things that seem unusual to you in this way, and finally Focus Stacking is often used to extend apparent D of Field in the finished image, which is the D of F equivilent of HDR imaging and quite an advanced technique, and should be left for later. just be happy to get results that have some of your subject pin sharp, as there can be a lot of hidden technique when you look at the images of others that seem pin sharp over all the main subject. As I have mentioned before lack of movement is vital and a live subject can and will move even imperceptably to our eyes, do study your subject without attempting to photo it as this will help you understand and anticipate it's behaviour. good luck Andy Murdo
johnn_t 10 5 United Kingdom
24 Jul 2012 9:23AM
Thanks Andy Photo stacking is new to me

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