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an orchid

By irinchatterjee
i donot have a macro lens. what should i do with the lens i have to improve it?

Tags: Flowers and plants Close-up and macro Wildlife and nature

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ketch 10 770 50 Turks And Caicos Islands
14 Aug 2009 12:30PM
I don't think there is much you can do to the lens to improve it (other than making sure it is clean and dust free).

With a kit 18 x 55 lens you should be able to get a little closer than this (your previous butterfly upload managed this).

Here perhaps you need to draw on your PS skills - crop right in to the image post production and use clarfication and sharpening to get the image definition (avoinding excessive noise). I have uploaded a mod with a rough idea of what I mean.

Not perfect by any means - but maybe this will give you a few ideas.

Best wishes


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CathR 11 151 564 United Kingdom
14 Aug 2009 2:11PM
You do not say Irin whether you were using the full telephoto end of your lens here. Do you know the closest focussing distance of the lens at the telephoto end? You may find that you can get a bit closer.

If not then as Robert suggests cropping may be a way forward, although obviously you are discarding pixels so you will be limited in the size of prints you can make. But for web images cropping is ideal. To do this successfully you have to be clear about your composition and organise your shot around what you know you want to keep. Taking a general shot and then trying to crop from there will be less successful. There is a lot going on in this shot so it will be difficult to isolate certain elements to make the pic. I wonder also if it is possible to use a wider aperture to blur the background a bit to minimise the distractions. Always worth experimenting

Best wishes

14 Aug 2009 7:29PM
irin the question you have asked is really not clear to me. i do not know whether you are asking for suggestion to make better utilization of the lens or to make a better photography. if you are asking for better utilization of the lens, then you first decide what category of picture you are making. It is really very silly to say that it is not a macro photography but a portrait of flowers. in that case your composition is diagonal which is excellent. but you could have avoided the clutter at the background, which has a distractive effect on the subject. if it was not possible to avoid it at the time of taking the picture, you could have easily done this at the digital dark room. if you were trying to do a macro photography with this lens, you could have taken this picture at 0.9 ft distance and if necessary you could also have cropped. but one thing i must say the lens you are using is not a macro lens and can not give you good result. if possible you can buy a macro lens(better) for 1:1 or life size image otherwise you can purchase a close up filter +1,+2,+3,+4 or +10 of 52mm.

Hope it helps,
15 Aug 2009 6:11AM
thank you all. every comments above are very much helpful.
14 Sep 2009 8:29AM
It has got a macro setting though? thought you should be able to use this to get sharper images...Keep trying,,


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