Beginner at Macro - First few shots with a "Real" Macro Lens

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  1. keith204

    keith204 No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Maybe next time I'll have some better photos to share. I really need to pay attention to lighting quite a bit more. These were taken with a Canon 100mm f2.8 Macro. I am intrigued by the annoyingly-shallow depth of field when shooting macro.

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    For some strange reason I had to edit this photo:

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    However, when I uploaded it, the colors got desaturated so it didn't change it much. I love the colors in the photo. Keep it up!
     
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    Lighting for macro work can be just as complex as it can for high-end studio portraiture (but generally not as expensive). A good selection of diffusers, reflectors and adjustable lights are needed, and, ideally if you can, a good ring light.
     
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    I like the frog one!
     
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    I feel like I absolutely wasted this perfectly good macro lens. It could have gone into some hands that would use it to its full potential, but no...it got stuck in mine! I'll have a blast, and will get better pictures once I learn lighting and find things outside of my house to take pictures of!
     
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    The image of the eye is stunning. I have an Akita that this shot reminded me of. Is that a dog or ????? I think you did a great job for first timing it! The frog and the DOF is very cool and artistic. I like the angle you shot it at (up and under). Good work - I look forward to seeing more! - Cat
     
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    Use a tripod, focus stacking and the tightest aperture possible if need be.
     
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    lol... is that poo in shot #3 or german sausage?

    i like the frog the best....but the dof is so shallow the tip of his mouth is out of focus.... get used to this problem at wide aperture 1:1.... sometimes with a subject like that I will pull back to 1:2 or just alter the composition so the entire head is in focus... or of course stop it down...

    i find the biggest challenge of macro to be focusing non static subjects.... i use a monopod because i can get in quicker but it makes locking in a sharp picture a lot harder... i barely even have to use the focus ring at 1:1 just breathing holding the monopod will bring me in and out of focus...

    enjoy your lens... it's great fun!
     
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    The (dog?) eye worked really well!
    It takes time to get used to a new lens so don't beat yourself up about it - give it a good month using and you will be far more comfortable with the lens.
    As for the depth of field - don't be afraid to go down to f13 or further for macro

    edit - Battou is right - a good tripod certainly helps - also if you are photographing static objects use mirror lock-up in your camera (look in the manual) that will help reduce camera shake when taking photos. If you don't have a remote to triggor the shutter use the timer instead (with mirror lock up on it defaults to a lower count - something around 2 seconds)
     
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    F13??? holy smokes I have to start experimenting with my macro more... I rarely stop it down past F4 unless i have a monster of a subject...
     
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    :shock: I rarely leave it open past F11
     
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