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    Default Good tips on macro photog?

    Hi all!

    Recently picked up an interest on macro photog and decided to try it out.

    I had little equipment to work with (can't afford a macro lens yet) and used the reverse lenses set up.

    A Tammy 28-75 f2.8 (reversed) + 67mm-77mm step up ring taped to 77mm filter + Sigma 70-200 f2.8 mounted on a 300D + tripod. Settings were f2.8 @ ISO 1600.

    The subject was a 10 cent coin illuminated with LED torch. Filled the frame with the engraved year and fired with a countdown timer.

    It looked great on the LCD screen until i threw it into photoshop to check the image and saw that it was blurred due to camera shake.

    Any good solution eliminate this?

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    Default Re: Good tips on macro photog?

    Yeah... external flash.
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    Complex.. so many accessories..
    If you are just shooting coins with your camera mounted on a tripod, don't have to bump up the ISO. Decrease the shutter speed will do.

    Check out my recent threads. None of them were shot with a macro lens. Just a general purpose lens + a Raynox macro converter + speedlite. All handheld so don't have to carry so many pieces of equipments.

    1.) If no tripod, the key is to get the shutter speed high enough and you can minimize handshake blur. If possible, stick to the 1/focal length rule and you will do fine.

    2.) If no speedlite, then use the pop up flash. Better than nothing.

    3.) f/2.8 give you a very shallow DoF. Step down.
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    Problem is i can't use flash cauz the coin is about 1 inch away from the lens itself. Besides, with the 2 lenses combined (roughly about the length of my forearm+fist) won't it cast a shadow instead? That's y i bumped up the iso + wide open + direct LED illumination. Everytime the shutter is released, the camera wobbles.

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    Default Re: Good tips on macro photog?

    Quote Originally Posted by BaneMKII View Post
    Problem is i can't use flash cauz the coin is about 1 inch away from the lens itself. Besides, with the 2 lenses combined (roughly about the length of my forearm+fist) won't it cast a shadow instead? That's y i bumped up the iso + wide open + direct LED illumination. Everytime the shutter is released, the camera wobbles.
    Why can't youu use a flash? I've used one where the subject was only centimeters away and it still came out ok.

    Else you can set the flash on a extension cable and place it closer to the subject.
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    Maybe can post the photo of the problem for us to review first?

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    Default Re: Good tips on macro photog?

    Look at a lot of good macro images and learn how the photographer made the image is a good way to start.

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    Default Re: Good tips on macro photog?

    the camera shake is caused by a too slow shutter speed for you to hand hold

    1. use a tripod
    2. increase your shutter speed by making the subject brighter
    3. both 1 and 2

    you can try bringing the subject into a brighter area and try again

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    Default Re: Good tips on macro photog?

    A Tammy 28-75 f2.8 (reversed) + 67mm-77mm step up ring taped to 77mm filter + Sigma 70-200 f2.8 mounted on a 300D + tripod.
    Think TS was already on a tripod

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    As the TS mentioned that he had already mounted his rig on a tripod, I'd presume that the tripod or the ballhead couldn't take the shutter vibration and it's clearly visible in his output. I had exactly the same problem till I dumped by Benro KB1-A (Rated for 12 Kg's) and replaced it with a Markins Q-20. My tripod legs were made of Carbon Fibre and I somehow found that the ball head was causing the vibration by placing it on a table with a camera mounted on it. Apparently the Benro was performing like a charm in normal day to day conditions till it was put on to Macro test where only a true ball head like Markins / Arca Swiss / Acratech / Kirk etc etc wins. Just my 2 cents.

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    Default Re: Good tips on macro photog?

    That's y i bumped up the iso + wide open + direct LED illumination. Everytime the shutter is released, the camera wobbles.
    I think it could be due to your tripod/ballhead being too flimsy as well. Try to shoot at small apertures for a larger DOF for macro

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    Default Re: Good tips on macro photog?

    wat LED u use ?
    you need to use a MC-E or a P7 Led
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    Quote Originally Posted by StrifeYun View Post
    wat LED u use ?
    you need to use a MC-E or a P7 Led
    Nt sure what brand, but its the kind my dad uses for scuba diving.

    I think it could be due to your tripod/ballhead being too flimsy as well. Try to shoot at small apertures for a larger DOF for macro
    Yar... i think my tripod kinda flimsy with all the added stuff.

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    Default Re: Good tips on macro photog?

    hmm try using , remote flash at max , my shutter can reach 4000 (should be able to reach higher ,but i was using my 350D).

    picture of a 10 singapore note

    Last edited by StrifeYun; 30th July 2009 at 09:49 PM.
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