RIA - Macro shots

sapa

Novice Member
This is my first real attempt at macro photography, though I've had the lens a while i haven't properly got it out with the tripod and played around until now. I would like some honest critique of these pics.
I would especially like to know how it's best to go about lighting the subjects with just household lights or the on-camera light or 480EXII.

Another thing I really want to try next is the photos of water dropping into a bowl. It's not exactly an original idea I know! Anyway I just want to try it for experimental fun. Any idea of how you go about getting these shots other than using a fast shutter speed?

BTW, for next time, how do you make the photos clickable onto flickr?


Raspberry


Pea




Donut
 

Moosh

Well-known Member
Hi sapa

I'm not an expert so I can't comment on technicalities. So instead I'll tell you that my favourite of the set is the third image (dolls face). I think the angle and crop works really well.

Cheers
Moosh
 

shotokan101

Distinguished Member
Hi sapa

I'm not an expert so I can't comment on technicalities. So instead I'll tell you that my favourite of the set is the third image (dolls face). I think the angle and crop works really well.

Cheers
Moosh
+1

...though the doughnut is cool too.

Jim
 

shotokan101

Distinguished Member
Thanks, I agree with that one being my favourite too. As for the advice, maybe I should post a topic in the main photo forum asking for tips.
Certainly won't do any harm :thumbsup: - although I'm sure some of our Macro guys will be along soon to help out here as well.

Jim
 

Mike.P®

Well-known Member
Here is a thread I did a while back on water drop shots.

Click on any of the pics and look at the exif for settings. Best with off camera flash remotely triggered, camera with macro lens and on a tripod. I just used a clear bowl, some coloured plastic placed behind and dripped into the bowl from the tap. Before you start place a grain of rice or similar where the drop is hitting to get an idea of focus.

Thats very basic but should give you an idea to help get you started.
 

sapa

Novice Member
I attempted water droplets today. Found it very difficult to get anything even halfway decent. This was the best of the lot. Getting the lighting right was a pain, I couldn't really get the ripples crisp at all.

Which is the best crop?



 

shotokan101

Distinguished Member
"Good Question!" :rotfl:

Jim
 

shotokan101

Distinguished Member
hmmm, you can't decide either then?
No - there's aspects of both that I like - I like the "Landscape" crop on the first for the spatial composition it gives and I like the "Portrait" crop for the extra reflection detail it encompases.

...."So" - any chance of a Landscape Crop that shows the reflected droplet too ?

Jim
 

Porky4

Novice Member
Hi sapa, :hiya:
... I would especially like to know how it's best to go about lighting the subjects with just household lights or the on-camera light or 480EXII...
It might be worth looking at the Macro Viewers Group on Flickr, particularly Lord V's posts. He has quite a few tutorials in this group and others where he shows the setups he uses and includes quite a bit about the use of flash/diffusers etc.

On camera flash extender and diffuser.

Here's another topic in a different Group that also contains a lot of useful information.

Hope that helps.

Paul :cool:
 

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