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


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slaam

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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!
 

Snoweagle

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I mount my tripod's centre column horizontally to get closer to the subject, then use a cable release to trigger the shot.
 

lsisaxon

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slaam said:
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.
 

Snoweagle

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lsisaxon said:
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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