With our Mountain Sanctuary Macro & Nature Photography Excursion just around the corner (Sat 16 Aug), I thought I’d throw out a few helpful macro tips on the blog this week.
Shooting macro free hand can be very tricky at times, any movement will throw your subject out of focus when using the ‘One Shot’ or ‘AI focus’ (AF-S or AF-A for Nikon users) focusing option.
To avoid this, switch to ‘Servo’ or ‘Continuous’ (AF-C) focusing which will allow the camera to correct any change in focus immediately keeping your images as sharp as possible.
Whilst using a tri-pod or beanbag, switch to ‘Live View’ mode and zoom in a few times on your LCD screen to be more precise with your focusing. Although your camera’s auto-focus will normally get it right, it might be easier to flip to manual focus and do it yourself instead of relying on your lens to find your subject.
Having your camera set to multiple focus points while shooting macro could drive you to drink, especially when shooting free hand. Nine times out of ten your camera will focus on the brightest part of the frame which might not necessarily be what you want in focus, this can be extremely frustrating. To overcome this, rather select a single focus point near the desired section of your frame, alternatively grab a tri-pod or beanbag if time allows and apply the technique described in ‘Tip 2’.
We’re really excited to have Sigma South Africa on board for the upcoming excursion as they’ll be bringing a selection of their macro lenses (Nikon & Canon only) for those attending to use throughout the day.
Being so close to JHB (less than 3hrs), Mountain Sanctuary Nature Reserve is an ideal venue for a macro and nature workshop and I can’t wait to get out there!
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Hope to see you there.
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