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Macro Photography shooting tips (contd..)

Tip 161 (Look everywhere): One of the advantages of macro photography is that even mundane objects can look beautiful. You need not only look at flowers or similar things, but even normal keychains, colorful objects, almost anything has the potential to look beautiful at such short distances. Shoot a lot, but also be sure to keep on deleting the photos that do not look good.

Tip 162 (Don’t go in for higher ISO): If you are in a low light situation, there is a great temptation to go in for a higher ISO. Resist that temptation, instead try to compensate with more light through flashes, or through a tripod.

Tip 163 (Using a self timer): When shooting macros, avoiding even the slightest camera shake is essential. When you are shooting using a tripod, you would think that you are avoiding shake. However, even the touching of the buttons can cause shake. If you don’t have a cable release, then you should use a self timer (typically a 2 second delay) so that the camera takes a photo only 2 seconds after clicking the button.

Tip 164 (Using smaller apertures): The Depth of Field decreases as the aperture increases. So, in order to slightly increase the DOF, you would need to go in for as low a aperture as possible (F22 or lower). However, this will need a slower shutter speed in order to achieve the same exposure, so the amount of light required may control the aperture size possible.

Tip 165 (Manual vs. Automatic focusing): It has been found by a large number of photographers (I also found the same) that manual focusing gives you a much higher control over setting the right focus as opposed to automatic focus. Combine this manual focus with a tripod, and you can get razor sharp images of your desired object.

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