Take extreme macro images with no new kit at all - just your DSLR and a basic lens.
This week, one of my A Year With My Camera students described in our Facebook group how he aspires to take high key flower photographs like Mandy Disher. Amateur Photography magazine published a fantastic piece from Mandy where she describes her set up, lighting and gives plenty of tips (click here to read the post). My student was not getting the results he wanted, so I had a go at following the tutorial, and have found a couple of steps missing - mostly at the editing stage.
At a recent shoot, Caroline Oleron (Cherfold Flowers) asked me to explain my settings and why she should get a tripod. It's all useful information, so here goes:
1. Low ISO, 100 or 200.
2. Pick your aperture for the depth of field you want: the photo above was f11.
3. Let the camera choose the shutter speed (in this photo it was 1/2 second).
4. Manually focus.
5. Use a tripod (or a chair, or a pile of books) and the self timer.
Read on for the detail.