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Macro in­volves ex­tremely shal­low depth of field, and if you’re not care­ful it’s easy for vi­tal de­tails to be blown out of fo­cus. A macro rail slider al­lows you to move the place­ment of the cam­era in small in­cre­ments to fine-tune your fo­cus.

Stack ’em up

Fo­cus-stack­ing in­volves fo­cus­ing on the clos­est part of your sub­ject (a flower’s sta­men, for in­stance), then mov­ing the cam­era closer by tiny in­cre­ments, tak­ing an­other shot and re­peat­ing. The most in-fo­cus parts of each im­age are then merged to­gether on the com­puter.

Fill the Frame

Us­ing a long tele­photo lens en­ables you to zoom in tight on your sub­ject, mean­ing you won’t have to crop later in edit­ing soft­ware. This is in­valu­able as it pre­serves as much res­o­lu­tion as pos­si­ble, mak­ing the im­age more de­tailed and de­fined.

Take it Steady

A solid tri­pod is ab­so­lutely es­sen­tial for this type of pho­tog­ra­phy. Mod­els with cen­tre col­umns that can be flipped out at an an­gle are the eas­i­est to use as they al­low you to po­si­tion your Nikon di­rectly over­head the sub­ject ly­ing flat on the ta­ble below.

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