Macro Test Shots

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I got some close-up filters a few days ago and tried macro photography for the first time:

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1/25 sec, F/6.3, ISO 3200

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1/30 sec, F/8.0, ISO 1600

blue_and_green_by_unstung-d4ooird.jpg

1/30 sec, F/11.0, ISO 800, built-in flash at 1/32
 
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I so badly want to poke that nose...... :D
Nice pictures. The light is a tish hardsh in the last one.
 
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The close-up filters are not very fancy; they're $10 from Digital Concepts and act like magnifying glasses.
I used the Nikon kit lens (18-55mm VR) for the last two because the lens can focus pretty close and anything in the telephoto range is impractical. I used my telephoto lens (Nikkor 55-300mm VR) for the first shot, but at 58mm since I didn't have the step-down adapter at the time. Neither lens is fantastic, of course.

As for the flash being harsh, I didn't have anything to soften it at the time and it's quite difficult to work with the pop-up flash. I wonder if a ring flash will be worth it but I'll need to do macro photography more often. Also, all the shots are hand-held.
 

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As for the flash being harsh, I didn't have anything to soften it at the time and it's quite difficult to work with the pop-up flash. I wonder if a ring flash will be worth it but I'll need to do macro photography more often. Also, all the shots are hand-held.

If you want a cheap and simple DIY method, you can do something as simple as putting a piece of paper or bubblewrap over the flash. Just do a google picture search for a DIY flash diffuser, and you'll get loads of useful ideas. Cheaper than shoveling out for a ring flash =)
 

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