Last edited by kris; 14th August 2012 at 10:52 AM.
Thanks, I won't give up that's for sure, I have been waiting a while to finally get the macro I am not going to let some wind get in my way . My biggest issue is figuring which settings are the best for what i am shooting, things like which focus mode to use and such, but I guess that will come with more experience. Thanks again for the support.
for Macro what I use is the Aperture Priority (A mode) to have a full control on DOF. To check the DOF I use the DOF preview button. I am not sure the D5100 has one, probably not, so in your case you may take two or three shots (if possible) with different f-stops to compare them. When I do not use a tripod or the subject is moving I use a speed of 1/250s or higher. If needed I can get this for fixed f-stop by increasing the ISO setting. With the D5100 you can use ISO up to 800 or 1600 before noise becomes too strong. If this is not enough, I switch to Manual (M mode). Generally this gives me slightly underexposed shots, which I can adjust in PP. For this I use RAW.
As focus mode I use AF-S, but switch to AF-C if the subject is moving. Warning: by default the AF-C should be in Shutter release priority. You have to change it to Focus priority if you want the shutter to be released only after the subject is in focus.
Depending on the scene I also use either Matrix or Center-weighted metering.
These are just some hints from my experience, not the rules.
As final words: if you cannot figure out what is the best setting just try, if possible, two or three different settings. You can then compare the results, and choose the one you like more. Probably next time one will be enough.
Insect eyes can be beautiful!
Sure can Franci, I really like the liquid look to the bees eyes. Nice photoInsect eyes can be beautiful!