How to make macro photos - Macro photography + Post Production tips

Discussion in 'Photography' started by Nigel95, 7 Apr 2018.

  1. Nigel95

    Nigel95 Member

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    Want to know how I make macro photos?

    Some tips about:
    • Equipment
    • Settings
    • Setup

    Watch the video below and if you have any questions please let me know :)





    Next video will be about post production how to make your macro shots perfect.



    Some macro photos:

    [​IMG]fissidens riccardia detail by Nigel H, on Flickr

    [​IMG]boraras uropthalmoides by nigel by Nigel H, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Mikrogeophagus ramirezi by Nigel H, on Flickr

    [​IMG]bucephalandra kedagang mini by Nigel H, on Flickr

    [​IMG]green neon tetra by Nigel H, on Flickr

    [​IMG]yellow shrimp by nigel aquascaping by Nigel H, on Flickr

    [​IMG]red cherry shrimp by nigel aquascaping by Nigel H, on Flickr

    [​IMG]amano shrimp by nigel aquascaping by Nigel H, on Flickr
     
  2. Tim Harrison

    Tim Harrison Global Moderator Staff Member

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    Some great tips Nigel, and it's good to know you don't necessarily need to spend a lot on high end kit.
     
  3. Nigel95

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    You're welcome Tim. Glad I could help a bit! Was fun to make the video.
     
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    Btw I am using auto focus when making photos of fast moving fish. With plants and slow moving livestock I use manual focus.
     
  5. doylecolmdoyle

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    Good tips, to me some of the photos dont look quite sharp, not sure if it is a focus issue or something else, the ram and moss photo do look sharper, macro photography is tricky!
     
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  6. Nigel95

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    As promised a few quick tips how to improve your (macro) photography shots with Photoshop.

     
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    Nigel, those videos are awesome, Thanks so much, I am about to order the EF-S 60mm f2.8 based on your recommendation!
     
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    Edvet Forum Moderator Staff Member

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    With the 60 mm you need to come in real close for large pics!
    I got the 60 but prefer the Sigma 180mm ( bought second hand) for my tank ( with a mono/tripod and flashlights). Also use a 24-85 with a macro setting ( 30-85 mm)
     
  9. Nigel95

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    Hmm yes best to have fish / shrimp at the front glass with 60mm. But the lens is not so heavy and this way easy to use w/o tripod (if you use external flash so you can have a nice shutterspeed of like 1/200). Tripod and moving fish is frustrating for me. I only use tripod when I make macro photos of plants.


    You're welcome! :)
     
  10. doylecolmdoyle

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    I use the canon 100mm f2.8, can be had for about the same price as the 60mm, I even find the 100mm doesn't really get close enough, going to try out some extension tubes some day.
     
  11. Nigel95

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    Recent shot of a Trigonostigma espei

    [​IMG]lamchop rasbora nigel aquascaping by Nigel Aquascaping, on Flickr

    Want to add some information about the latest video with post production tips. Now a days I use more the Camera Raw screen (to edit in raw on photos). Both can work especially for just web photos but editing in the raw screen is always better.

    Also the nik collection plugin for Photoshop is really nice to have. Viveza 2 and Efex pro 4 make editing easier.
     
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