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Sep 08, 2013 18:08 |  #1

Hey there, picked up a macro lens the other day and so today I went out to have my first proper go at macro photography. It was quite alot harder then I thought it would be. I thought myself to have somewhat steady hands, guess I was wrong :P
So I was wondering if maybe you guys had some tips on how to properly brace your body/hold the camera while shooting macro? Or maybe a link to a thread/site with some good pointers for beginners, would be greatly appreciated :)

Anyway here are some of the photos that I thought turned out semi-decent for a first go:

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You definitely get to view the little creatures in a whole new light.

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Sep 08, 2013 19:17 |  #2

you're off to a good start there Nicklas! those are some fascinating subjects and your shots definitely are better than my first macro shots. As far as the steady hands go, it's just going to take practice. You can try getting yourself a monopod and that will help, not as much as a tripod of course, but it's a lot smaller and easier to carry/deploy


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Sep 08, 2013 21:17 |  #3

Hehe thank you Chris! And yeah I guess it will :) Yeah, can't really see myself hauling my tripod around for these types of shots, a mono sounds like a good idea though. Been thinking about getting one for when I'm out trying to shoot birds, would I be able to get one to fit both types of shooting or would I need two seperate ones?



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Sep 09, 2013 00:42 |  #4

You're off to a good start !
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Sep 09, 2013 06:22 |  #5

That's great, thank you Brian!



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Sep 09, 2013 09:07 |  #6

Great first shots and welcome to the world of Marco, I;m sure you will enjoy!


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Sep 09, 2013 10:03 |  #7

Thank you Frank, and so am I :)



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Sep 09, 2013 10:12 as a reply to  @ Mowglee's post |  #8

Hi I can't really offer much advice as I'm new to macro too! I find the more you practice the better you get!

I really like your shots! that spider looks like a right beast :shock:


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Sep 09, 2013 10:26 |  #9

Excellent job. Especially the moth close-up. Really like the second Harvestman shot also (technically, not a spider).

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So I was wondering if maybe you guys had some tips on how to properly brace your body/hold the camera while shooting macro? O

I seldom use a tripod, but I do try to brace my hands, arms, lens, with anything I can; if shooting critters on the ground, I'll use a rolled up towel, a brick, whatever, or just put the lip of the lens on the surface. Using a flash for a higher shutter speed helps a lot. As my hands get shakier, I've been using AF more frequently, with good results.


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Sep 09, 2013 10:49 |  #10

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Excellent job. Especially the moth close-up. Really like the second Harvestman shot also (technically, not a spider).

Whoops :o


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Sep 09, 2013 10:56 |  #11

OrnateWobbegong wrote in post #16281574 (external link)
Whoops :o

LOL. Nothing to "whoops" over; just thought you might like to know. I wish we had 'em here. Actually, we might, but I've never come across them. BTW, some glow under UV light. It might be interesting to see if you can light one up some night ;)


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Sep 09, 2013 11:19 |  #12

really good start! focus and DOF are well achieved :)

I also don't use tripod/monopod, but I do try to shift my body weight toward almost anything for extra balance. if you can rest the lens over something that will be perfect, if not your arms, if not your shoulders, etc.

Adding a flash will grant you better lighting, providing you have proper diffusion. check the macro rig thread on the macro discussion section.


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Sep 09, 2013 15:09 |  #13

Depressingly good start, well done.


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Sep 09, 2013 15:11 |  #14

BasAndrews wrote in post #16282411 (external link)
Depressingly good start, well done.

:lol: Really.


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Sep 09, 2013 15:58 as a reply to  @ LV Moose's post |  #15

Haha thanks for all the kind words guys, means alot :) And thank you for all the great tips!

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Excellent job. Especially the moth close-up. Really like the second Harvestman shot also (technically, not a spider).

Thanks for pointing that out Moose, it sure is fun to know what it actually is that you've photographed! And that UV light thing sounds really cool, just wish I'd be able to find one again, not sure if I've ever seen/noticed those before I took those pictures lol



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