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Meta’s Digital Photography Training – How To Shoot The Best Macro Photography

Photos By Meta - How To Shoot Macro Photography
How To Shoot Macro Photography – 100mm Lens

The Best Macro Photography Tips for Beginners

Meta’s Macro Photography involves using two Special Sony Macro Lens, either her Sony 50mm f/2.8 Macro Lens or her Sony 100mm f/2.8 Macro Lens. She uses her 50mm Macro Lens for the Bee, but her 100mm Macro Lens for the Bee’s Face (Photo: Left).

Achieving a Wide Depth of Field (the area of the subject in focus) is the biggest challenge in all Macro Photography. You’ll need to stop down your Aperture to about f/14 to Widen your Depth of Field. This smaller aperture reduces the amount of light hitting the sensor.

Using a Bright LED Flashlight for Macro Photography Light works really well. Adding this extra white light helps keep your ISO low, to avoid any added sensor noise.

Focal Plane Mark – Φ –This circular mark with a vertical line through it is located on the back of your Digital Camera (Photo: Left Highlighted in Yellow). The Φ mark indicates exactly where the sensor plane is located inside your Digital Camera. In Macro Photography, the Minimum Focus Distance (MFD) of a Macro Lens is measured from the Focal Plane Mark (FPM) to the Macro Subject. If you’re inside this area, you’re too close!

Example: Meta’s Sony 100mm f/2.8 Macro Lens has a Minimum Focus Distance of 35cm, and her Sony 50mm f/2.8 Macro Lens has a Minimum Focus Distance of 20cm, both of which are measured from the Macro Subject to the Focal Plane Mark Φ and not from the Macro Subject to the End of the Lens.

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Lightweight Tripod with Short Center Column – This tripod can sit about 8” above the ground, with the legs spread out flat. This Lightweight Tripod setup is perfect for Macro Photography, Close-Up Photography and Wildflower Photography.

Sturdy Monopod – A Monopod is often easier to use on Remote Mountain Hiking Trails, and can also double as a hiking stick. This works where a Sturdy Tripod is just too heavy to carry, or won’t fit into tight situations.

Special Macro Lenses – Special Macro Lenses are required for Macro Photography. Meta uses her Sony 50mm f/2.8 Macro Lens for Close-Up Photography and her Sony 100mm f/2.8 Macro Lens for Extreme Macro Photography.

Meta’s Best Digital Camera Settings for Macro Photography

Camera: Sony a77 II Digital Camera
Macro Lenses: Sony 50mm f/2.8 Macro or Sony 100mm f/2.8 Macro
Camera Mode: Manual Mode
Tripod: Lightweight Tripod fitted with a Short Center Column
Focus: Manual Focus with Peaking Color Turned On
ISO: Auto (Maximum Range limited to ISO 400)
Shutter Speed – 1/100th or 1/160th of a Second – Bump up to 1/1000th of a second for Flying Insects
Aperture: Around f/14 (Widest Depth of Field)
Drive Mode: Continuous Shooting: Hi
Filter: UV
Flash Power: Bright LED Flashlight on Mini Tripod

Meta’s Macro Photography Field Kit

Meta’s Macro Photography Field Kit attaches to the back of her Camera Bag. This Modular Configuration is used only for her Macro Photography and contains:
• 1 Classic Kids Scissors – To Trim Grass around Subjects
• 4 Small Leak Proof Spray Water Bottles – For that Morning Dew Effect
• 1 Camo Bandana – For Fake Blurred Backgrounds
• 2 Bright LED Flashlights
• 2 Tripod Mounting Brackets
• 2 Mini Tripods – Use as a Short Flashlight Stands to Widen Depth of Field
• 1 12” Compact Reflector – Reflects Sunlight and LED Flashlight, Handy Wind Block
• 1 CR123 Lithium Flashlight Batteries

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