Set up your cam­era for best re­sults

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Choose an area with a tight clus­ter of tall plants, and find or cre­ate a small clear­ing big enough for your cam­era. Cut any leaves or grass that over­hang the lens.

Shoot in RAW 1

Start by chang­ing your cam­era’s im­age qual­ity set­ting to RAW. This is an im­por­tant step be­cause with a wide range of light in­ten­si­ties in your scene, you may have some ex­po­sure is­sues to deal with. RAW files con­tain more in­for­ma­tion in ar­eas of ex­treme shadow and high­light.

Ac­ti­vate the self-timer 2

To en­sure you don’t ap­pear in shot, turn on 10sec self-timer mode to give you enough time to move out of the way be­fore the shut­ter fires. Al­ter­na­tively, you could trig­ger the cam­era re­motely us­ing ei­ther a wire­less re­mote or Wi-Fi.

Choose the best cam­era set­tings 3

A very large depth-of-field will en­sure both the fore­ground and back­ground are pin-sharp. You can achieve this by choos­ing a nar­row aper­ture of around f/16. Don’t shoot at the lens’ nar­row­est set­ting though (usu­ally f/22), as this can cause sig­nif­i­cantly re­duced im­age qual­ity.

Fo­cus your shot 4

If you have a flip-out screen, put your cam­era in po­si­tion, ac­ti­vate Live View, then tap on the fore­ground ob­ject fur­thest from the cam­era (most likely a flower head). Once fo­cused, switch to man­ual fo­cus and leave it there for the du­ra­tion of the shoot. If you don’t have a flip-out screen, hold the cam­era at the height of the plants, point it at the ground, fo­cus, then switch the lens to man­ual and start shoot­ing.

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