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Sneak Peak at Snap Shots

Welcome back to Lets Go Big Tunes weekly Photography tips blog, where I share tips found online that can help everyone from beginner to expert. This week I start having a look at camera settings.

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Tip 4. Parallel camera trick

To make the most of what little depth of field there is, position your DSLR so that the back of the camera is parallel with the subject.

This is especially important when you're shooting frame-filling shots of flat subjects with strong patterns, such as leaf or feather. If part of the image is blurred it will ruin the impact of the photo.

Tip 5. Break the rules

You don't have to use small apertures to make an impact with macro photography - using the largest apertures available on your lens is just as an effective technique.

You'll need to be spot-on with your focusing though, as the wafer-thin depth of field leaves little room for error.

Using wide apertures and selective focusing to sandwich a sharp subject between a blurred foreground and background is a popular food photography technique, while completely defocusing a lens can lead to abstract blurs and beautiful bokeh - a trick that's often used in contemporary flower photography.

Tip 6. Sharper photos

Small apertures reduce the amount of light passing through the lens, and this can lead to slow shutter speeds and long exposure times.

Any slight movement - even the vibration caused by the mirror moving inside the camera - will increase the risk of blurred pictures.

To combat this, activate your camera's Mirror Lock-up function, or shoot using Live View (where the mirror is automatically locked up) and trigger the shutter using a remote release or the camera's self-timer.

Increase the ISO to get a faster shutter speed if necessary, although you'll get the cleanest looking shots below ISO 1600.

be back next week for some more photography tips on Let's Go Big Tunes blog page

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