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Old 04-11-2010, 11:38   #1 (permalink)
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Macro focusing.

A while back as some would know i got a new macro lens & a few bits & bobs to get me going, but after 350-400 shots i give up , my focusing sucked big time no matter what i tried , i lost heart in me camera altogether & this was 1 of the reasons why i went into hibernation as well, what am i doing wrong, is there a certain angle ect to position the camera + anything else that i should being doing to, cheers simpbow
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Old 04-11-2010, 11:52   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Macro focusing.

Check out Marcin's macro tutorials, there might be something you are missing. Maybe a focus rail would help?
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Old 04-11-2010, 12:07   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Macro focusing.

I love macro photography, you wouldn't know it because I post very little. I do post close-ups as I do those OK. Something to look at as a personal approach would be to back up a little. The closer you get the harder it is to make an interesting picture "DOF". I do this all the time, take some 1:1 or alittle closer with attachments and take some close ups because they normally look pretty good. I hurt my knee two years ago and at the time I was crawling around turming things over that bugs like to live under. I found little snakes worms and ants. Also found a lot of different moss which is very beautiful at close focus. I would say that you have the right way to take a picture but haven't found the right level of your ablities to take off from. Knowing your quailty of pictures on Pixalo you will get it if you take your time and find something to practice on.
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Re: Macro focusing.

Without seeing any results it's hard to see where you're going wrong.

How did you go about focusing ? Set the camera to the rough distance and then move back and forth slightly to find the focus point is doing hand-held. Otherwise if using a rail, use that to move back and forth to find focus.

What magnification were you trying ? As Boofers suggests try not shooting at 1:1 at first, start with closeups.

Roughly parallel to the subject gives most apparent "DOF".

Are you sure it's not camera shake/subject movement that's making your focus look out - are you using flash ? What ISO ? You need flash really for small insects imo. As it freezes the subject, remember the closer in you go, the more pronounced the movement is.

Oh and practice. I can shoot 300-400 in an afternoon and keep 10-30 max.
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Re: Macro focusing.

Are you still within the diopter adjustment range of your viewfinder? I had to fit a correction lens recently even though I was within the range when I bought the camera, these things can creep up on you.
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Re: Macro focusing.

Cheers guys there's some great pointers there that you've all mentioned, i use a sliding rail all the time no matter what's it for as i can not do it hand-held, taken a note of what you s have said so give it another try & see what happens
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Re: Macro focusing.

One of the issues of Macro is the very narrow depth of field. If you photograph an insect, it is likely that only a small part of the head will be in focus. A club colleague has recently taken up stacking photos using a facility in CS4 and above. You will need a rail and take several shot (perhaps 8 or 10) at different focussing points. Using stacking in PS combines the pictures to give one with a large depth of field. He has only recently started this and you can view some examples on his web site:

Macro images of Insects

Of course you can only take stationary objects but the insects were all dead and preserved in his case. He did not kill them but they are samples preserved for training customs and Excise Officers and he was asked to photograph them. The Officers need to recognise dangerous insects in imported goods.
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Re: Macro focusing.

Thanx for the help Davei,ll have a look at that to
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Re: Macro focusing.

He seems to be using CombineZP rather than Photoshop, if the images in his galleries are to go by.

If you're on a rail, then stacking is achievable, providing it's a finely adjustable rail.
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