Week 12: Why focus matters in macro

 

Do you struggle with auto focus when you're shooting macro? Switch it off. Use manual focus for precise control over how your final image looks.

Compare these 4 images, where the focus point only changes 2cm from the first to the last. In the first image the focus is on the furthest petals on the cornflower, and in the last image it is on the nearest. Which do you prefer?

 

100mm macro, ISO100, f2.8, 1/13th

 

Traditionally in floral photography you want the closest part of the flower to be in sharp focus. It's a good rule of thumb to start with, but do try other focus points to see what you prefer. With macro photography everything is magnified, including your mistakes, so pay close attention to where you are focussing. 


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