By J.L. Sofka
3 Oct 2010
Macro photography takes a lot of patience and a good lens. It's a challenge to get the subject in focus with a nice soft background. With flowers and insects it's difficult to eliminate distracting elements such as sticks, leaves and stones. Overblown highlights are a constant annoyance so now I only shoot in the shade. I took 80 shots of a mantis today and only got one decent, but not great capture.
If you are interested in close-up photography, I recommend using a mini table top tripod which can be braced against your chest. If you have an SLR, shoot manually. I recently got a great deal on a used Nikon 105mm macro lens for only $100 (new $800) as the auto focus does not work. This has forced me to learn how to use my camera to its fullest capacity and the ratio of good images has greatly increased from choosing the right shutter speed and aperture.
Most photos taken with a Nikon, D60 or D90 and either a 60mm or 105mm micro lens.