Questions tagged [macro]

Macro photography is a specialized area typically dealing with very small subjects. There are also "Macro Lenses" which are designed with macro photography in mind, and lower cost alternatives such as close up filters and extension tubes.

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What camera should I buy as a first year animation student? [closed]

I am a first year animation student and my question isn’t very specific but I just need some advice on buying a camera as I want to make the right decision. First of all, I’m a beginner in ...
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What kind of lens to photograph a 1 mm object?

I want to photograph an one mm (or slightly less) object. I have a Canon EOS 80D. What lens should I use, or is there any other way to accomplish this?
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What would happen if you put an extension tube on a macro lens?

Will it increase performance of the lens or would it introduce too much distortion?
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Do cameras exist that can focus on multiple macro depths? [duplicate]

I have tiny plants that I would like to photograph. As shown in the test photo, I'm able to focus on the plants in the foreground, but not the background. Do cameras exist that can focus on multiple ...
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Using closeup filter together with a macro lens

I am thinking about buying a 3 or 5 diopter closeup filter so as to add on the top of a macro lens. Would you do this or would you advise against it ? Do you think it's good to try, or it is not ...
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Does diopter settings change when lens is put on backwards?

One way of doing macro photography on the cheap is to flip the lens backwards I am having issues focusing, the diopter is calibrated but when I flip the lens the focus of taken picture is not the ...
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How can we use shadows to decipher lighting setups?

Shadows, Catchlights can give-away a lot about the lighting setup of an image. However I find shadows hard to read, so I'm looking for advice. Below each image is my attempt at deciphering the ...
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What is the best setup to take skulls / bones pictures?

I need to take pictures of bones (about 40cm) for my study in anthropology but I have too much shadows under the bones, what is for you the best way to take this kind of pictures? I have a DSLR ...
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DSLR macro vs iPhone 5s with Olloclip macro lens

I captured these photos using an iPhone 5s, Camera + with Olloclip macro lens. I wonder, would it give more sharpness/details if these were taken using a DSLR with a macro lens? Assume printing at ...
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Copying slides with a 50mm lens instead of a macro one

I'm reading in multiple places about how to use macro lens to copy slides. Found a good video too. They usually recommend to make use of the Digital Duplicator de Kaiser, remove the internal lens, ...
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Do short focal length macro lenses have wider field of view at the same magnification?

I am considering moving to a shorter macro lens for it's better optics- Nikkor 40mm micro. I currently own a 70mm Macro lens. At the same magnification(eg 1:3), does the 40mm grant a greater field of ...
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How do I calculate how far a macro rail needs to travel between shots for focus stacking?

I recently purchased a StackShot automated focus rail. The unit of travel for the rail is measure in µm. Is there a formula where I can enter in X Y and Z to get the amount of µm the rail should ...
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Do modern IF Macro lenses have true constant apertures?

From my basic understanding f/stop is the ratio between the aperture size and length of the lens. A majority of macro lenses feature an extending barrel. So naturally, a fully-extended f2.8 lens, ...
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Which smartphones features are important for macro photography?

My current phone is a Galaxy S5: F/2.2 aperture, 1/2.6 sensor, 16 megapixels. With that I can take detailed closeups of bugs and such. I typically shoot a photo as close to the subject as focus allows,...
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What is causing this image ghosting on a Nikon 50mm 1.8G?

I was photographing with my Nikon 50mm 1.8G at a garden recently and noticed some weird bokeh on some of my shots. Here's an example. Look at the back of the flower: Settings: f/3.2 / 1/800 sec / ...
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Why can't my dSLR take close-up photos?

I am relatively new to DSLR cameras, so I apologize for any potential ignorance. Since I have been using my Canon T3i, every time I attempt to take a close-up photo, the camera does not auto adjust ...
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Does the order of stacked magnification pieces matter?

I recently took a photo of a Monarch caterpillar eating the egg shell... https://www.flickr.com/photos/wildlife_photography/37596735224/in/dateposted-public/ This is the first time I have ever tried ...
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Largest physical aperture lens that focuses to 0.5m

I have an application where I need as large a physical aperture as possible. By physical, I mean actual aperture in mm, not as an f-number. I also need this lens to focus to about 0.5m. I have the ...
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How to make macro photograpy when the subject is placed in shallow water?

Any tips how to make this kind of photos? I am investigating mussels and photographing them live in small dish of water. This is one of successed. Generally, i have reflection from water surface. I ...
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How to take a photo of a glass-covered screen so that all scratches are easily visible?

I'm going to put up my phone for sale on an online auction so I'd like to take a picture of the front screen showing future buyers exactly how many scratches are present. What is the easiest way of ...
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Macro - Should I expect lower macro reproduction ratio moving from D7500 to D850 with the same equipment?

edit: sorry, forgot to specify this is a macro question I ordered a D850 so that I can print larger images at high ppi, but I am wondering if I am going to see a significant reduction in reproduction ...
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Shutter temporarily disables LCD screen

I have a Canon EOS 650D. It's a decent camera, but when using the live view, the shutter release triggers a blank LCD screen. I assume it's designed that way to hide the mechanism in action. Anyway ...
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What will cause a washed out spot in the centre of an image?

What will cause a washed out spot in the centre of an image? I thought it was light leaking in through the viewfinder, but these were taken with it completely covered. It only happens sometimes, and ...
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Macro photography using reverse lens doesn't work for my DSLR

My instructor lectured us about macro photography and she showed how to take macro photographs by using normal lens by reversing with out fixing it to the camera, but when I unfix the lens it shows ...
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Macro photography stacking: focus shift vs. camera movement

Getting into some high magnification macro photography (Using a Raynox 250 on top of a 105mm FF). Does one get better stacking results by moving the camera (by hand, or on a rail), or does changing ...
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Taking pictures of glass for a local Glass Gallery

I am currently trying to take pictures of a variety of high end pipes for a local glass gallery and am having a tough time getting full white accent lights from top to bottom, the light is either to ...
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Mounting a lens in reverse: strength of the filter thread part?

It is common for macro shooters aficionados to mount their lenses in reverse, that is, to thread a camera-mount specific adapter onto the lens' filter thread. Lenses from about 50mm to 100mm are ...
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Is my distance/size math for macro photography correct?

I was comparing Panasonic lenses the other day, and I wanted to know about their macro capabilities. Obviously Panasonic lists the closest focusing distance, but this doesn't tell me much about the ...
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What kind of lens do I need to take a photo of jewelry like this?

I am trying to do some pretty jewelry photography and I am wondering what type of lens I would need to create a shot like this? Also what is the lighting environment required to take this shot?
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Image Stacking for macrophotography

I'm planning to buy an image stacking software for macro photography. I have been trying to figure out the appropriate software to stack images if the photos are clicked handheld. I understand that ...
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Is it possible to turn my nikon 18-200mm lens to a macro lens with a teleconverter?

I was wondering if I could turn my Nikon 18-200mm lens into a Macro zoom lens with a teleconverter or macroconverter? Thanks, Zangar.
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Why is my reversal ring not working with the lens's aperture? [duplicate]

Recently I bought a reversal ring for my Canon 700D, to take macro photography. I reversed an 18-55mm kit lens. When I tried to take photos, the aperture went to f00. What can I do to set the aperture?...
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Macro stacking in Photoshop

Although I am not new to macro photography with a SLR using either extension rings or bellows to take good pictures on 35mm film, however I am new to using a dSLR. I have a Canon EOS 760D and use ...
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Difference between LG-1 and FD-1 ring light accessories for Olympus TG-4

I'm considering the Olympus TG-4 camera, because it could have a good combination of macro and ruggedness. One of its macro features is that it has got native accessories for ring illumination. ...
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Do macro lens alternatives have lower IQ than an actual lens?

I am considering moving to Canon for the canon mpe 65mm lens. This is the only macro lens that allows 5x magnification without extension tubes, bellows etc. However this is a big decision and i would ...
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How are the smooth, colorful backgrounds created in these wildlife macro photos?

I've been following a biologist and photographer for a while, and it always strikes me, how visually pleasing his images are because the background always complements the subject very well. Question ...
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How to crop macro plant/flower photographs such that they look somewhat abstract, not “cropped”?

This is the original uncropped: After I cropped it: I was told that the cropped picture "looks cropped". I basically don't want any more "normal" viewpoints for plants and flowers. I cropped it ...
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Macro photography of the human eye [duplicate]

I'm very interested in macrophotography and I'd like to take photos to the human eye. I have the Canon EOS 80D body and I'm also considering buying the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Macro Lens. I'd ...
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How could I make the snake better stand out from the grass in this “backyard wildlife” photograph?

Camera model: Canon DSLR 1200D. Lens used: 56mm to 255 mm zoom lens Settings : Macro mode. Distance between object and camera was about 2m. Can any kind photography expert suggest ...
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Options for MACRO 1:1 with Built in Motor

I have a D5000 that does not have a built in motor. I am looking for a Macro 1:1 with auto focus as I am just starting in macro and feel that loosing auto focus make the lens less useful. I am ...
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What do I need for reversed-lens macro photography with an entry-level Nikon DSLR?

I am totally new in the photography field and I need an expert help. I need to take very close-up pictures at school lab (counting the hairs on ant's head, I know its strange) for insect and ants ...
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Where can I find a tiny, clamp-on, battery-powered LED light for taking high magnification macro shots in the field?

None of the standard clamp lights work for this purpose as they are all better suited for reading books in bed, or barbecuing at night. If I want to photograph very small subjects at close range, with ...
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What does it mean when macro focus range and normal focus range are equal?

For an example, G3X's normal FR and macro FR are the same according to DPReview. So, what happens when shooting? Also what does it mean a camera's (FZ2000) normal FR is 30cm? (that means it can ...
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What techniques can I use to take “macro” photographs with a regular telephoto lens and no adapter?

I have a telephoto lens which is not marketed as a macro lens. Right now, I have no budget to buy anything else. Can I use this to take close-up photographs even if they're not "true macro"?
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How should I use close up filters?

I asked one question about macro adapters and one tells me about close up filters and I don't get it. He tells "+1 = 1000mm, +2 = 500mm, +3 = 333mm,..." and when he tells me about how to use them, I ...
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What are these two devices both called “macro adapters”?

I came upon a video and in it there was this what he calls a macro adapter: Raynox DCR-250. And then I searched google 'macro adapter' and saw this video and images of the same device in the first ...
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Best for Macro RX10 ii or FZ1000 - [duplicate]

I cannot carry heavy lens and camera so need to buy bridge type - like Macro photography - trying to decide between Sony RX10 II and Panasonic FZ1000. Cannot find information on which would be best ...
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Can the tilt-shift effect be reversed by a light field camera?

Tilt shift photography makes a real life scene a miniature scene that looks like it is made up with toys, and it is achieved by narrowing the DoF. And, a light field camera captures a scene as ...
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Why is the Tamron 90mm 2.8 marketed as Macro and not as a “portrait” lens?

My question is if a lens like a Tamron 90mm 2.8 could be used also for portrait. If not, why ? What are the difference between a specific portrait lens (like any 85mm 1.4) and a 90mm 2.8 ? Only the ...
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Can I control the aperture of my lens off the camera body?

I'd like to try my micro 4/3, 25mm f1.4 Leica lens in the reverse direction for macro photographs. When it's off the body the aperture appears to be wide open. Ideally I'd like to stop it down to say ...