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Author Topic : First time with Macro 
russ85

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Views : 1894  Aug 25, 2012 12:40pm

I had a go with macro photography today for the first time. I photoshopped them a little but minimal.
Overall I quite like them but some feedback would be good to improve them. I am able to do the shots again so any advice with setup and shooting is welcome

Rough setup was:

Manual focus
Marco Mode on DSLR
Natural (cloudily day) light for brighter photos and torch light for darker photos.
Flash turned off.
A4 white paper for background
Tripod
Timer
18-55mm kit Lens









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SKPhotography

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RE: First time with Macro Feb 15, 2013 11:08am

Not too bad a go! I find the dog ones a bit too dark and washed out. Maybe slightly longer shuttspeed and some contrast adjustments in photoshop?

The bright one was pretty good. I 1st had to take a dbl check to make sure it wasnt a real person dressed as lock.



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RE: First time with Macro Feb 15, 2013 11:16am

Hope u dont mind, 30secs in photoshop, levels and sharpen.

4th one down i think.



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 Razoir



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RE: First time with Macro Feb 15, 2013 11:55am

Macro mode on camera is less relevant than using a macro lens. What are the macro capabilities of your kit lens?

Can you get hold of a tube or two? If you can, then that will test you rather more.

Certainly for macro you need a tripod. Almost impossible without. What camera are you using? I ask because that may have a bearing on what macro kit you can add to it. How big is the soldier? I am guessing about 3"??.

Can your college supply you with a bellows? That would be the best you could hope for at this stage.

In the long run, if you really get into macro seriously, then you need stacking software and a motorised, automatic train to fire up to 30 or 40 shots at slightly different focal point points and then stack the images to get depth of field. Fun but very involved and takes time to set up and time to shoot.

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