Putting all my macro skills up to the challenge of seeing how close I can get. Having a flat surface like this leaf makes it a lot easier.
Important tips when photographing flowers if there is the slightest breeze…
Don’t do it!
Okay, sometimes that isn’t a choice so you can improve your chances with this advice.
- Try and secure the stem to save reframing the image every few seconds.
- Assume your depth of field is insufficient and increase it by at least two stops, especially as you get within an arm’s length of your subject. f5.6 won’t deliver the sharpness that f16 will at that distance.
- Keep your shutter speed high to avoid blur. More wind equals higher shutter speed.
- Assuming you do steps 2 and 3, raising the ISO on your camera is the only way to have both.
- Never assume the focal point you chose will be what you end up with. Try and wait for the breeze to back off then press the shutter button.
Here is the same plant on a calmer day…