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.