How to photograph anything: best camera settings for macro photography

How to photograph anything: best camera settings for macro photography

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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