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Hold it steady

Heather says... To start with Ida shot hand­held, but she soon found that her im­ages were com­ing out blurry. With macro pho­tog­ra­phy you need things to be as still and sharp as pos­si­ble, so I al­ways use a tri­pod when I’m shoot­ing close-ups, to hold the cam­era steady and re­duce cam­era shake. Tripods also en­able you to fine tune your com­po­si­tion very pre­cisely.

TA KE con­trol

Heather says... The next thing I no­ticed was that Ida shot in aper­ture-pri­or­ity mode. While this can be use­ful in some sit­u­a­tions, I pre­fer to shoot in man­ual mode. It only takes a poor me­ter read­ing in a tricky light­ing sit­u­a­tion (such as the con­trasty light of a tree canopy) to un­der- or over-ex­pose a shot. In man­ual mode you can con­trol every­thing for the best re­sults.

Go DEE P

Heather says... One of the big­gest chal­lenges with macro pho­tog­ra­phy is main­tain­ing depth of field; with a macro lens at close range, it’s of­ten so shal­low that it’s hard to get a sharp shot of your sub­ject. Shoot­ing with the lens wide open re­sults in a very shal­low depth of field, so I urged Ida to shoot at f/10 or above to main­tain fo­cus on her sub­jects from front to back.

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