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First EVER macro shots (Tips appreciated)

 
ebert
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Jun 05, 2011 16:09 |  #1

I just got my kenko tubes in mail a few days ago! There was some nice light out today so I went out to my garden to test them on my flowers and insects (most evaded me). Pictures at clickable (for image information):

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All shots were taken with my t1i in aperture mode with a full set of kenko tubes and a 50mm 1.8 attached. Natural lighting in all cases, with no PP.

Just wondering what you macro pros think of my first ever shots and how I can improve. I brought a tripod with me, but a lot of the times it was too high to use and I had less flexibility using it, so I spent most of my time snapping handheld pics.

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Jun 05, 2011 16:14 |  #2

sdiana wrote in post #12540953 (external link)
I just got my kenko tubes in mail a few days ago! There was some nice light out today so I went out to my garden to test them on my flowers and insects (most evaded me). Pictures at clickable (for image information):

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All shots were taken with my t1i in aperture mode with a full set of kenko tubes and a 50mm 1.8 attached. Natural lighting in all cases, with no PP.

Just wondering what you macro pros think of my first ever shots and how I can improve. I brought a tripod with me, but a lot of the times it was too high to use and I had less flexibility using it, so I spent most of my time snapping handheld pics.

I'm no pro, but I find aperture mode doesn't give me the right shutter speeds for macro! From what I understand most people shoot between F9 and F11, and aperture mode doesn't give a quick enough shutter speed. I tend to shoot macro stuff with a flash, aperture F10-11, shutter speed 1/125-200...

Just checked, your shutter speed was 1/125... Anyway wait til the experts come in! They'll be able to help.


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Jun 05, 2011 16:25 |  #3

the first shot looks quite good and sharp, the second has motion blur from too slow shutter speed.

when using ex tubes for higher magnification flash is more often needed to get sharp images.
try iso 200 -400 f5 - f6.3 to get higher s/s
or just use flash for above life size shooting

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Jun 06, 2011 13:42 as a reply to  @ GOLDENORFE's post |  #4

Thanks for your input! Yeah I don't have a flash, but I am thinking about getting one.

Also, do you guys typically compose your shots using the viewfinder or live-view? I read that when shooting in liveview the shutter responds slower, but it is more convenient. I thought that angle finders would be commonly used, but I haven't seen anyone mention them at all on these forums yet.


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Jun 06, 2011 16:17 |  #5

sdiana wrote in post #12546343 (external link)
Thanks for your input! Yeah I don't have a flash, but I am thinking about getting one.

Also, do you guys typically compose your shots using the viewfinder or live-view? I read that when shooting in liveview the shutter responds slower, but it is more convenient. I thought that angle finders would be commonly used, but I haven't seen anyone mention them at all on these forums yet.

I've found this to be a right pain. Live few seems to give me less control over the camera settings, and I find it easier to stabilise against my face. But it's awkward when stuff doesn't stay still regardless of what method you use!


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