How to get creative with close-ups
1 Choose your lens
You’ll find it easier to isolate details using a telephoto lens, such as a 70-300mm, although the longest setting on an 18-55mm standard zoom will be OK for closer subjects. For water droplets or dew, you’ll need a dedicated macro lens to get really close.
2 Switch to MF
For consistent results, you’ll find it easier to set your lens to manual focus, because it can be difficult to accurately focus on water using autofocus. Even when using manual focus, take care not to focus on reflections or below the surface of the water.
3 Exposure advice
For close-ups of water droplets, choose a wide aperture, such as f/4, to blur the background. Smaller apertures, such as f/11, will keep more of the image in focus. You’ll have to watch out for subject and camera movement causing blurred results.
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PAGE 6: How to photograph reflections like a pro
PAGE 9: How to remove surface glare from your water photography
PAGE 10: Get creative with the fine details