Digital Photography Training – How To Shoot Macro Photography for Beginners
Meta’s Digital Photography Training – How To Shoot The Best Macro Photography
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
Flash Power: Bright LED Flashlight on Mini Tripod
• 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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blew over on a Blue Ridge Parkway overlook and was totally destroyed
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