How to photograph anything: best camera settings for macro photography

    | Macro | Photography Tips | 17/06/2013 00:01am
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    Best camera settings for shallow depth of field close-up

    There are two key things to achieving extremely shallow depth of field. The first is using the widest aperture available on your lens.

    With most dedicated macro lenses this is usually f/2.8, which is much wider than most zoom lenses.

    This means that there will be less depth of field than with a smaller aperture, such as f/5.6.

    The distance between the subject and the camera is the other key to achieving shallow depth of field, and again the extremely close focus capabilities of a macro lens is perfect, as the closer the camera is to the subject, the less depth of field there will be.

    Accurate focusing is absolutely essential when you are shooting with very shallow depth of field, which is often impossible to achieve using Autofocus.

    To fix this, you can try switching to Manual focus to achieve more consistent results.

    How to set up your camera to shoot macro photography with shallow depth of field

    How to set up your camera to shoot macro photography with shallow depth of field: aperture

    Aperture   f/2.8
    You’ll find that most macro lenses have a maximum aperture of f/2.8, so for the shallowest depth of field, set the camera to aperture priority mode and use the input dial to select the widest aperture available.

    How to set up your camera to shoot macro photography with shallow depth of field: focus mode

    Focus mode    Manual
    Select Manual focus mode, and then carefully adjust the lens until the area of the subject you want in focus is sharp.

    Exposure mode   Aperture Priority (Av or A)

    Shutter speed   Set by camera

    ISO   200

    Lens   50 to 100mm macro

    Drive mode   Single shot

    White balance   The preset to suit the light source

    PAGE 1: Best camera settings for classic close-up photography
    PAGE 2: Best camera settings for shallow depth of field close-up
    PAGE 3: Best camera settings for shooting macro photography handheld

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