Yes, I used tripod
No, I shoot handheld
You have nv been to AP on Sat/Suns?
if you seen the gear those guys have, you wont even have to start this thread liao, because the answer is obvious..
To me my glizo explorer is indispensable in getting that "perfect" shot..
I know the setup of those guys with their dual flashes and robotic arms as I shoot together with them in AP a couple of times.
The reason I started this poll is there are many members postings in the macro sub forum. I would like to get an idea in general setup how people shoot their macro photos.
As of my writing now, there are 47 votes. 34% voted yes with Tripod. the remaining 66% are handheld.
Thanks to all who voted.
depends. if you need a tripod then use a tripod. if you don't, then don't. i think the right question is: when to use a tripod when shooting macro?
Hate it everytime i try to focus on a flower, the wind blows and moves it around.
In the end i use tripod to lock position and manually adjust the flower in the frame :P
Very offen circumstances do not allow you to use tripod e.g. space restriction, subject keeps moving, minimum focusing distance of lenses, subject too high or too low.
Same here I find it very restricting to use a tripod. But I do believe it will give a better result than handheld. Maybe some day I should go watch how the expert use the tripod. But in general I prefer handheld. That is also the reason I stick to 100mm rather than upgrading to 180mm. Handheld for 180mm will be kind of tough I reckon.
Tripod for me... I hate to stay in 1 position try focusing the subject for 5 mins end up get nothing or 20 shots to get 1 in focus.
well that me, maybe my technique or i am just too lousy!
I like to shoot then preview to see if i got the perfect shot for myself.
some macro shooter shoot with 2 flash...
using Wimberly F2 + 180 Lens is no joke for handheld.
Life is like Photography, to improve, you have to keep shooting!
ok.... I'll stir this up a little.....
To do macro proficiently , a tripod is essential at 1:1 or even 1:2 magnification.... the tiniest of hand shake is going to affect the output ..... if you are hoping to print 8R or larger.....
Uploaded images at 800 pixels or lower on the long side..... the smaller image size is going to mask imperfections
p/s my opinion..... you got to be pretty fit and strong to hand hold a macro set up with lights, arms, camera, lens and all ....... for any period of time....If you're a weightlifter turned Qi Gong Master..... sure maybe
Last edited by ed9119; 17th February 2010 at 08:54 AM.
shaddap and just shoot .... up close
i have Shakey hand, no choice i have to use a tripod or monopod
So it seems some of you need the tripod as the camera gears weight (dual flash, 180 or 200mm lens) is difficult to handle for steady shot.
On the other hand, if you have a light camera gears (e.g. 50mm + Raynox) and uses pop up flash, then handheld seem more appropiate.
60D-60mm f2.8 Macro |Raynox DCR-250 | Speedlite 270EX II