It’s a small world
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-wunderland.com). 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!