Macro with Laura, an evening of close up fun with lessons by Laura and practical help from Simon. Click an image to view the Learning Gallery.
"I believe you can also get extension tubes and close up filters depending on your budget, especially if you don't plan to do much Macro.
Of course Macro does not just have to be about photographing insects. You can photograph anything such as jewellery, diy nails, coins, lego, food, shells in fact anything you fancy. It simply opens up a new world and makes you notice details that you wouldn't normally see.
My top tips would be:
Study and learn your camera settings.
Go for narrow depth of field (DOF) F4 upwards if your lens is capable. This will isolate your subject from it's background.
Do not do Macro if there is a breeze as you will get blurry photos however much you try. A still subject is the key to success.
Photograph insects first thing in the morning or later in the evening as they tend to stay on the leaves for longer.
Don't get hung up on technical stuff, just do what is right for your camera.
Photograph in good light and be prepared for failures, lots of them!!
Remove distractions around your subject. e.g. leaves, grass stems, twigs and messy backgrounds.
DON"T GET DISHEARTENED.......
My final words...PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE and have lots of fun."