It’s a small world

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I was in­ter­ested in your ar­ti­cle on cre­at­ing a world in minia­ture in is­sue 49. I bought my Nikon D3200 just un­der two years ago with the in­ten­tion of tak­ing in­ter­est­ing pho­to­graphs of places I visit. I went on a trip to Ham­burg to visit my son who told me about a won­der­ful place called Minia­ture Won­der­land (www.miniatur-wun­der­ It’s a fan­tas­tic place to see th­ese minia­tures in var­i­ous and of­ten hu­mor­ous set­tings. The ideas and var­i­ous minia­ture peo­ple really in­spired me, so I be­gan to buy them off the in­ter­net and take them to the places I vis­ited in or­der to cre­ate my own minia­ture scenes.

I have started to use a small aper­ture (f/22 or greater) to in­crease the depth of field in the pho­tos, to try to en­sure that the back­ground is in as much fo­cus as pos­si­ble, so that the places they are taken in can also be seen. I have not yet in­vested in an­other lens, so still only have the stan­dard kit lens. I’m think­ing of in­vest­ing in a macro lens but am con­cerned I’d lose the depth of field I’m try­ing to achieve. I’d ap­pre­ci­ate any ad­vice you could of­fer.

Gareth Jones, via email Th­ese are bril­liant im­ages, Gareth – you must have a great time tak­ing them.

It would be tricky to achieve the depth of field you want us­ing a macro lens, though the fur­ther you are from your sub­ject, the greater the depth of field will be. You could use a macro lens and then try fo­cus stack­ing, though that would take time and wouldn’t be prac­ti­cal in busy lo­ca­tions. A bet­ter so­lu­tion would be to use a longer lens, stand back from your mod­els, and then zoom in on them.

Gareth never has to travel alone – he’s a pocket full of will­ing mod­els for his travel pho­to­graphs!

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