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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Handheld macro/close-up shots


How many of you use your macro set-ups hand held? I will be buying a Canon 430EX II to go with my Canon macro lens to shoot flowers and the occasional butterfly. The flash is so I don't have need of a tripod to get the shots I want. Essentially, my intent is to shoot them as abstracts using the macro lens to give me the look I want.
Any macro work I have done, which is minimal, was done in natural light and often necessitated a slow shutter speed and a tripod. In using a flash I am hoping to avoid the slow shutter speed and the tripod. I am hoping there is a few of you who shoot in this manner and can give me some insight as to your experiences. Thank you.

Tim



Jul 13, 2012 at 01:55 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Handheld macro/close-up shots


I think you will find that many on this board shoot handheld. I am not the expert, but do shoot handheld 90% of the time with my macro shots. I find the critters don't normally stay still long enough for me to set up and get in position with a tripod






Jul 13, 2012 at 02:11 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Handheld macro/close-up shots


tripod? what,s a tripod?


Jul 13, 2012 at 03:06 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Handheld macro/close-up shots


Anything that stays in one place potentially brings a tripod into use, certianly for a stack series. Anything else has to be hand-held. This has been the situation for decades of film macro. The ability to change ISO between shots and image stability make much more handheld practical. I don't use flash at present.

Harold



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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Handheld macro/close-up shots


I also shoot handheld both flash and natural light but do often use a pole that I hold in my left hand along with a bit of camera, or find other ways to stabilise the camera when shooting
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Jul 13, 2012 at 03:56 PM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Handheld macro/close-up shots


Handheld 95%+ of the time, on occasion use a monopod. I've shot both film and digital and mostly with the 100 non-L, that will change soon however.

I've been having a great time with extension tubes on a 70-200 f4L IS and 300 f4L IS, and am using IS more everyday. A new 100L IS is in my near future...after I sell my trusty ole 100

I don' use flash much, just picked up a nice MT-24 twin flash from an FMer, but don't have enough time with it to comment on it's use...natural light is my preference!

Here's a shot from a few weeks back...bees are fast when just starting a pollen gathering...but you can shootem...this is more close-up than a macro shot.

Handheld, griped 40D, 100 f2.8 non-L macro, mid-afternoon




  Canon EOS 40D    EF100mm f/2.8 Macro USM lens    100mm    f/11.0    1/500s    200 ISO    0.0 EV  



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Jul 13, 2012 at 04:00 PM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Handheld macro/close-up shots


LordV wrote:
often use a pole that I hold in my left hand along with a bit of camera, or find other ways to


I find myself at ground level quite a lot. I have to remember to turn off IS if I do lean on such a solid support.

Harold



Jul 13, 2012 at 04:31 PM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · Handheld macro/close-up shots


Thank you everyone for your responses, I appreciate it.

Tim



Jul 13, 2012 at 04:54 PM





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