Shooting macro (extreme close-up) can be very satisfying and enlightening, opening up a new way of observing objects – from an ant’s perspective.
Here are a few tips to help you get the most from Macro photography:
- Start by practicing your technique indoors on inanimate objects like a watch, a feather, a flower or even food items (spices and curry powder for example), this allows for better control of lighting and camera position.
- The Lumix H-HS030E is ideal for shooting inanimate objects and has a closest focusing distance of just 105mm.
- Use a tripod and timer or remote shutter release, as otherwise accurately selecting and holding a focus point becomes difficult due to the, usually, shallow depth of field created when working close up.
- When shooting outdoors, choose a still day without wind, as any movement of your subject in a breeze will spoil the shot.
- Be aware of casting a shadow on your subject. Use a reflector to help illuminate an object in shadow, never use on-board flash.
- Capturing flying insects can be tricky as they never stay in the same place for long.
- Fix the camera on a tripod and frame a subject where the insect may land, move away and wait. A remote shutter release or Wi-Fi remote will help you keep your distance.
- Dragonflies may settle for longer periods, but usually fly off if you get too near. For such insects, use a longer focal length macro lens like the Leica H-ES045 which enables macro shooting from a greater distance