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    Primroses and macro

    Trying to get good results on my new Canon EF -S60mm F/2.8 Macro USM but the light is not good here in scotland.

    Primroses and macro



    Primroses and macro


    Primroses and macro

    Primroses and macro


    Primrose by Sharon Reid2010, on Flickr


    Advice and critique more that welcome. xx

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    Re: Primroses and macro

    Try using flash, Daisy.

    You don't have to use a macro ring light, I get good macro shots with a Speedlite unit and even the camera pop up flash can produce good results, although I remove the lens hood if I start to get shadow problems.

    I normally shoot insects with a 180 mm lens but the basics are the same.

    Using the camera manual controls works best for me. Set dial to Manual, choose a suitable shutter speed and aperture, say 1/160 & F11. Select a suitable ISO; somewhere between ISO 100 and 400 should work fine.

    Use the ETTL flash setting and adjust the compensation to suit your scene. Around minus one third to minus 1 is a good starting point; but sometimes I go as low as -2.

    As a total alternative, some people make up a number of LED lights, such as worklights etc and use this as floodlights but I have found this is a bit complicated to operate and a standard camera flash is sufficient.

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    Re: Primroses and macro

    Thanks Geoff...am grateful for that

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    Re: Primroses and macro

    I like the apple pic, unusual but effective.
    Graham
    (heading to kitchen to get an apple and a knife)

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