Sunday, August 29, 2021

Continuing insights into Macro Photography: Part 3

In the last couple of posts I've addressed some of the theory behind macro photography; in particular the depth of field and impact of diffraction when undertaking macro photography. 

We have seen that, although we can ignore lens asymmetry, pupil magnification, for non-macro photography, we can't when shooting at magnifications greater than, say, 0.5.

We therefore know that with depths of field measured in a couple millimeters, at best, and likely sub millimeters, attempting to handhold during macro photography is a skill that needs to be practiced. 

So far it is a skill I have yet to perfect. For example, I went out yesterday with my Canon 100mm macro, attached to my 5D3, and tried to grab a few handheld shots. 

I had previously tried without a flash, but on this occasion I used a flash with a diffuser, to soften the light and reduce harsh shadows.

From these early experiments, flash and a diffuser is clearly the way to go.

Although I will carry on trying to perfect my handheld skills, my instinct is to move on to the next macro technique that should give better results than handholding: namely focus stacking.

So, to bring this post to an end, I'll simply post a few images from yesterday's shoot.

As usual I welcome any comments on this post or any of my posts.

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