*** This Week Through YOUR m4/3 2014.04.19 ***

Started Apr 19, 2014 | Discussions thread
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NZ Scott
NZ Scott Senior Member • Posts: 4,104
Re: Wow.

Wormsmeat wrote:

Not so much macros as insect portraits. I've dabbled in macro but nowhere near as good as these. They need to be viewed large. #9 is hilarious, probably unintentionally. 10 is great too. 1 has perfect focus. Maybe 6 is my fav, smiling for the camera.

How far away from the subject matter are you with that lens?

Hello Mr. Worm, thank you for the kind words.

Most of the time I try to get really close, although with this series I was not shooting 1:1. I usually take my first shot from some distance away (just to get it "in the bag", as it were) and then move steadily closer, constantly adjusting lighting, focus and composition. I nearly always use autofocus.

I find 60mm to be an excellent focal length for insect macros. It's quite easy to fill the whole frame with a pretty small insect.

When I first started shooting insect macros I was happy just to get shots that were in-focus and properly exposed. Nowadays I try for a bit more - maybe I'll shift the lighting around a bit (holding the flash off-camera in my left hand) or aim for an unusual angle/composition.

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