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By hobbo
I purchased a S/H book the other day called....AUTOFOCUS PHOTOGRAPHY Levey, it was written as Film was giving way to it he sings the praises of using AUTOFOCUS for all tpes of photography...I know that it isusually a big No-No in the world of Macro....but I decided to break the rules to use his techniques:

Here is just one of the exciting results from my experimentation with Auto-Focus Macro Photography.......It really Works!

Yes! It works if you follow certain basic rules.................Study your subject for a little while.......ensure that it looks relaxed or pre-occupied....move slowly and try to avoid your shadow falling across it...........Get you distance from subject as small as you dare.........compose the shot in-camera if you can.......Focus on the most important point or area, keeping in mind the shallow depth of field of Macro Lenses.

Use a diffused ( I use a plastic pudding Basin) flash, camera set to f16-f11......S160.... with flash and ISO set to (100-200) to suit ambient light.......You will see in beetle shot that I held the tulip petal to steady my wind-blown subject, this means holding the camera steady with one hand as you allow it to Auto-Focus....Shooting needs to be precise, not fierce.

Shot in RAW, then naturally adjusted for tone and sharpness in CS6...they have been reduced to JPEGs for posting:


Tags: Nature Macro Close up Close-up and macro Spiders

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Chinga Plus
7 3 1 United Kingdom
7 May 2013 10:19AM
It's an excellent result! Great image, thank you for the tips... I'll have a go because I like bugs. Your's is very nice! GrinGrin

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Ted447 Plus
5 213 1 United Kingdom
7 May 2013 10:22AM
Great image .TedGrinGrin
Joline Plus
12 30 53 United States
7 May 2013 12:25PM
The technique certainly worked a treat for this shot...

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