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Depth of field is in­her­ently shal­low at higher mag­ni­fi­ca­tions, so there is no room for er­ror when fo­cus­ing. The slight­est move­ment wi ll throw your sub­ject out of the fo­cal plane.

Ross Hod­dinott

Pro-file Out­door close-up spe­cial­ist Ross was Bri­tish Wildlife Pho­tog­ra­pher of the Year in 2009. An Am­bas­sador for Nikon UK, he has sat on the judg­ing panel for the Wildlife Pho­tog­ra­pher of the Year com­pe­ti­tion.

Use a tri­pod to keep your cam­era in a fixed po­si­tion – it is the per­fect fo­cus­ing aid, and will also en­able you to take ad­van­tage of your cam­era’s Live View func­tion. The lat­ter will al­low you to zoom in on a small area of your sub­ject in or­der to check crit­i­cal sharp­ness and make fine ad­just­ments to your fo­cus­ing. I rec­om­mend us­ing Live View fo­cus­ing for close-ups; noth­ing else al­lows you to po­si­tion your point of fo­cus so pre­cisely.

Also, it al­lows you to see how the aper­ture you set af­fects depth of field. By ad­just­ing the aper­ture while you’re view­ing the sub­ject on the LCD you can vi­su­alise how much of it will be recorded in sharp fo­cus.

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