Hello my dear blog friends! Have you ever wondered how to get that sharp focus you see some photographers get, especially when shooting macro images? If you have wondered, make sure you keep reading. Now, can you believe it’s already August? Time certainly does fly! Well, I am welcoming August here at CrispPhotoWorks.com and together with August, I am also welcoming a bunch of fellow photography bloggers who will share their photography tips with you throughout the month of August. I am starting a series of posts titled “Photography Advice Worth Remembering” that will bring you some of the most amazing photography tips you’ve heard.
If you are a fellow photography blogger and would like to feature your photography advice worth remembering here at Crisp PhotoWorks, please contact me. I’d be happy to feature your unique advice too!
The first one of a some amazing photo tips comes from Lisa Gordon of Lisa Gordon Photography . If you have not check out her wonderful photo blog yet, make sure you stop by. Her macro images will leave you speechless.
When Mira asked me to share a photography tip with you, many things came to mind, but I have decided to share the one I get asked about most often. Focusing my macro images.
I am going to try to keep this short and as non-technical as possible, but if I should “slip’ or confuse you, please feel free to contact me by e-mail with any questions or leave a comment on my website.
First and foremost, I am almost always focusing closer than the minimum focusing distance for my lens. If you do not know what the minimum focusing distance is for your lens, just check the documentation that came with your lens, or simply do an online search for the information.
When you are closer to your subject than your minimum focusing distance, your focusing ring is not going to be of much help to you, and autofocus is out of the question. Instead, what you want to do is move in and out on your subject, until what you want to have in sharp focus is in sharp focus. It is important to remember that when shooting this close, your focal point will be very, very small. Shooting this way will never allow everything to be in sharp focus (with a standard macro lens).
Moving in and out on your subject takes a lot of practice and patience. If you have a macro lens, and know that macro photography is something you want to pursue, I highly recommend a macro rail. A macro rail mounts on your tripod, and allows you to move in and out on your subject by turning a knob on the macro rail. Your movements are far smaller, and much more precise than simply moving your tripod back and forth. (An example: Macro Focusing Rail Set )
If you are wondering about cost, I have seen them for about $60, and I have seen them for hundreds of dollars. As with any photography equipment you invest in, it is always good to research it first.
I wish you the very best in your pursuits, and Mira, I thank you for having me here.
To read how to create this look in Photoshop, please read Focusing for Macro Images in Photoshop.