In the fourth part of our Shoot Like A Pro series on how to photograph any subject you want we take a closer look at the best camera settings for macro photography. Getting sharp macro and close-up photos takes time to master, but here we show you all the best camera settings you should use to shoot classic macro compositions, shoot handheld and shoot shallow depth of field.
Best camera settings for classic close-up shots
With the camera on a tripod and a static subject, you’ll have plenty of time to adjust your settings when shooting many close-up or macro subjects.
Using Manual exposure mode will give you complete control, but as the subject and camera are static, the aperture is more important than the shutter speed. Start by setting this to f/11.
The depth of field is limited when shooting macro, so focusing is critical. With a static subject, you should use Manual focus mode, and carefully focus on the main focal point of the subject.
How to set up your camera to shoot close-up photography
Focus mode Manual
With a static subject, switch to Manual focus. Focus on the main focal point of the subject. Try using Live View and zooming in on the image to assess sharpness.
For close-ups and macro images, set the aperture to f/11. For greater depth of field, use a smaller aperture such as f/16 or f/22.
Exposure mode Manual
Shutter speed Set according to light
Lens 50mm to 100mm macro
Drive mode Self-timer
White balance The preset to suit the light source
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