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    Default qn: How do you setup your tripod for Macro shot?

    even with a ball head i feel like vomitting blood when settting up a macro shot with its shallow DOF and close focusing.
    for me it was random try luck pattern till i worked out sth

    1) handhold and focus and compose (note distance from subject)
    2) setup tripod open legs first then adjust ballhead
    3) shift tripod to adjust composition and focus

    is there a better way??? it usually takes so long that if i get uncooperative insects (like robber flies) i never get the shot!

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    Default Re: qn: How do you setup your tripod for Macro shot?

    I mount my tripod's centre column horizontally to get closer to the subject, then use a cable release to trigger the shot.
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    Default Re: qn: How do you setup your tripod for Macro shot?

    use a monopod or a Macro Focusing Rail

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    Default Re: qn: How do you setup your tripod for Macro shot?

    Quote Originally Posted by ortega
    use a monopod or a Macro Focusing Rail
    monopod is hard to use for a low lying objects... but the macro focusing rail sounds good but i dunno if i wld buy it.. hmmm thanks...

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    Default Re: qn: How do you setup your tripod for Macro shot?

    Quote Originally Posted by slaam
    even with a ball head i feel like vomitting blood when settting up a macro shot with its shallow DOF and close focusing.
    for me it was random try luck pattern till i worked out sth

    1) handhold and focus and compose (note distance from subject)
    2) setup tripod open legs first then adjust ballhead
    3) shift tripod to adjust composition and focus

    is there a better way??? it usually takes so long that if i get uncooperative insects (like robber flies) i never get the shot!
    I never like ball heads. I always opt for the pan tilt heads. Gives me control of one axis at a time. A macro slider would be useful also.

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    Default Re: qn: How do you setup your tripod for Macro shot?

    Quote Originally Posted by lsisaxon
    I never like ball heads. I always opt for the pan tilt heads. Gives me control of one axis at a time. A macro slider would be useful also.
    Pan tilt heads are better for precision shots. Ball heads are better for speed framing of shots.
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    Default Re: qn: How do you setup your tripod for Macro shot?

    yeah you need the focussing rail.
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    Default Re: qn: How do you setup your tripod for Macro shot?

    Quote Originally Posted by yanyewkay
    yeah you need the focussing rail.
    That's something which is useful for macros
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