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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · New to macro photography....

I've been scouring the internet, trying to find macro photos which I really like, then trying to figure out exactly how they were shot, and on what gear.
I think my personal taste is pushing "ultra-macro"... or 2-3 X's magnification. However, typically, I prefer shots with more DOF. I mean, they don't usually have to have the entire creature in focus, but say its a Jumping Spider... I'd at least like his front legs, and towards the back of his head to be sharp and In-focus. I feel like the shots I really want, are going to take some stacking.... but I also feel that the coolest subjects are "live ones".... Hmmm...

So I've been experimenting with a rented Canon RF 100 F2.8 lens, typically with two 35mm extension tubes added. I think I'm getting about 2.5-3 X's magnification on my crop sensor R7 (but somebody correct me if I'm wrong)

I did one face shot of a fly 2 days ago... pretty much filled the frame, using focus stacking of 100 shots. Its not the cleanest ever. I'm sure I could improve upon it, with some experience, and practice, but anyway.

The Fly face is the 3rd shot back on my Flickr page. Comments or suggestions are greatly appreciated.

Oh and btw, I used continuous lighting, and a much slower shutter speed for the Fly shot (the fly was dead).... But I'm open to anything that will let me do shots with a similar DOF, of live creatures.


Apr 09, 2023 at 10:04 AM

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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · New to macro photography....

Im certainly not great at macro but love the challenge. Looks like you have a good start. As a student of macro, the only advice I can offer is - to keep it up, do the research, experiment... and as you probably already know, YouTube offers some good tutorials. https://www.photomacrography.net/ has some excellent reads and photographers.

Good Luck

Apr 09, 2023 at 07:21 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · New to macro photography....

For live bugs at that sort of mag you really need to be using flash to get reasonable effective shutter speed (flash duration) with reasonable aperture. Like this you can take short focus stacks of live bugs.

See https://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthread.php?t=807056 for some of my hints and tips

Brian V.

Apr 09, 2023 at 10:53 PM

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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · New to macro photography....

Thank you Lord V. The only thing that kills me about that, is that I can't use flash, in the Electronic mode, to do In-camera stacks
I did one stack of 3 images, of a dandelion yesterday, and it worked okay.... But my best shots yesterday, were like 60 to 200 shot in-camera stacks..... with my rented AF lens... https://flic.kr/ps/3sNzDS

I definitely know what I like, but just not sure how to improve upon what I've been doing this week ?

I want a 32 mp image (zero crop from my R7) of a Jumping Spiders face, that is razor sharp, and noise free, and suitable for printing on a 20 x 30 aluminum print

Apr 10, 2023 at 07:50 AM

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