One of the best tips for macro photography is to get on the same plane as the subject. What I mean is – try not to shoot from above or below the subject. This makes for some interesting angles for the handheld shooter, I’m sure some of them are bonafide yoga poses 😀

The other tip is to use Manual or Aperture mode on your camera. When in Auto, the camera generally tries to get everything in focus so it opens the aperture up wide (which decreases the amount of the image that’s in focus – great for that beautiful blurred background, but can interfere with macro shots) or it slows the shutter speed down (which emphasizes the effects of any camera shake or breezes). 

This is a simple flower, but gorgeous in its simplicity.

Shot at Wilson Botanic Park with my Olympus OMD EM5 with my 60mm (120mm equivalent) macro lens.

x desleyjane

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Posted by:desleyjane

photographer, blogger, planner, scientist, dog lover, frequent flyer, daughter, sister, BFF, human

27 replies on “Macro Garden Series – 8

    1. Thanks so much Lois. I started by switching to Aperture mode for a few months which taught me a huge amount about how the light behaves in my camera. I would switch to shutter mode only if I wanted to do fast or long exposures. Then I took the deep breath and went manual almost two years ago before my trip to New Zealand.

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  1. Pretty Plumbago? Tried Aperture mode today, but my camera was misbehaving badly – kept freezing after almost every shot! I was so frustrated by it. Think I shall have to send it back as I can’t keep using it like this. I wonder if the weather had anything to do with it as it was a warm day, not excessively hot like you guys get though. And it started doing it after only a couple of shots so no time to overheat 😦

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      1. I bought a faster card when this started happening soon after I bought the camera. And I used the same card and lens the other evening without any problem at all! Most mystifying and annoying.

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        1. That really is weird. I had issues when it was 0 Celsius with my camera freezing. And long exposures take ages to write to the card but it all seems to be working fine these days. Not that I’ve had time to get out and about with my camera in a while!

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              1. I’m not sure they can – unless there is an obvious fault. It has been so intermittent that I wonder if it will even show up on testing! I’m really hoping that they will replace it.

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