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New Life

By Vitatana      
First days of spring are my favorite time of year to get out and explore! New growth is so refreshing!

Any critique or suggestions on how to get as much detail as possible (without a tripod) would be great!

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

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6 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
21 Apr 2012 8:56AM
Beautiful capture, superb colour and detail.

Regards Nathan

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mhfore 9 6 176 England
21 Apr 2012 5:02PM
Hi Krista,

A simple but effective image, well done.

Krista sorry I'm not the person to offer advice with regards to your question but with regards to the composition I personally would have liked to have seen the shot taken more from the right. This would have given the new shoot more room to grow into. I've added a mod with extra canvas added but I think it needs even more than this.

Have a look Krista and remeber this is only my opinion.

Take care
banehawi Plus
12 1.5k 3534 Canada
22 Apr 2012 5:25PM
Can you provide more detail on your question. Its "how can you get more detail without using a tripod?"

So I need to know are you referring to macro photography, or in general?

There decent detail in this shot, but if you are referring to macro, you will get the best performance by using a macro lens.

The reason for using a tripod is to stabilize the camera for long exposures, or if the lens is very close to the subject, as would be the case with a macro lens. The closer the lens, the more the tiniest movements are magnified. A tripod can be replaced by placing the camera on a solid support, like a table when indoors. You can purchase a cheap bean-bag to rest the camera on which also allows you to change the angle of the camera.
Use of a remote shutter release, or if not available, the cameras self timer will assist with stability in close shots. as you remove the vibration associated with your finger putting pressure on the shutter.

Detail refers to sharpness, and with any lens, there is a sweet spot for sharpness. This is the aperture at which the lens is sharpest from the centre out to the edge. It is most often f/5.6, or, if the lens you have has a max aperture of f/5.6, I would suggest f/8. This is roughly what you have dine with this shot by the way.

You might also be referring to depth of field, which is where the depth increases as the aperture becomes smaller. There is a limit to this though, where sharpness will actually decrease when you go beyond approx f/11 - f/16, - but this can be dependent on the lens quality also.

Heres a link that might help:

Most of this applies in general also, with the exception that macro lenses can be very close to a subject, where your kit lens cant.

Hope this helps, - if you need more information, or if I have missed your question, let me know.



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