This is a type of photography I almost never do! I gave it a try this month for our Photography club assignment. I even went out and bought some Extension tubes to allow me to get really close. These are my first attempts at Macros (two), with two close-up (non-macros) thrown in for good measure.
My main learning…well this really makes you work your camera hard. Manual controls, manual focus, understanding depth of field, and using the live-view mode for obtaining critical focus. Hard work! Composition also becomes a bit problematical as small (minuscule) moves really alter the image a lot.
I’ll give this more chances in the future, but for now back to landscape photography…planning a trip out to Navajo country in Arizona and the four corners area.
By the way, that flower in the pose header is a very tiny flower from a Nandina bush in my back yard…really tiny.
I’m not a flower/macro shooter… not that there is anything wrong with that…so when confronted with the “opportunity” to shoot flowers and close-ups recently I resorted to playing around with camera features and settings that I rarely use, but have since resolved to include in my regular photography.
Ok, so you get real close to a flower and take its picture. You can blur the background as a way of emphasizing the flower itself..using a wider aperture, or you can stop down and try to get as much in focus as possible… or there is another option, which I’ve rarely used, but works real well. That is focus stacking. I took a number of images using focus stacking at this outing. In both these cases I started by focusing on the element closest to me, then took a series of five pictures progressively focusing further back in the scene. In these cases five images seem to do the trick.
I am frequently in a rush when I’m out shooting landscapes. Don’t ask me why…just seems when I get home, I always say to myself, “self, this would have come out a lot better if I’d taken more time thinking and less time clicking.” I’ve known and used focus stacking in landscapes before, but rarely, because its one of those things I don’t think about! Its not hard to do…just do it.
The second technique I tried at this outing was to use the multi-exposure setting on my D810. I’ve never used it before, so I thought I’d attempt a few “abstracts” using a series of shots on the same exposure. They came out interesting…also not hard to do, but probably not the best use of multi-exposure. Up until now I couldn’t figure out exactly what I’d use multi-exposure for, but as I write this it occurs to me that it might be fun to try taking as series of images with the camera in a set position and having a subject, such as a skateboarder, move through the scene. I’ve gotta try this!