Until I secure an actualy macro lens, I've been using my telephoto lenses on macro settings. I get decent results. A point of frustration for me though is DOF. I understand that the DOF is small in macro shots. In macro photography, is it better to have your subject in focus (say a flower stamen) with the immediate background / foreground a bit out of focus (the petals) or is there a way to get that extreme close up shot AND keep immediate background / foreground in focus, while still acheiving a distant background soft bokeh? I've tried playing with my aperture settings, and it doesn't really seem to do much. I'll try to post a link to a shot or two to clarify my question later on (no access at work). (actually, in some of my shots, I like having some immediate background / foreground blur but I was told it was unacceptable in macro) Suggestions and/or thoughts?
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