The N-Photo experts say…
Slide on in
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.