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Sneak Peaks 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 7. Make a DIY a reflector

It can be challenging to ensure a small subject is evenly lit, particularly if you're using a shorter macro lens to take life-size images - the camera will need to be very close to the subject and this can limit your creative lighting options.

A simple reflector goes a long way to solving this problem. You can make your own DIY reflector using a piece of aluminium foil: screw into into a ball and then flatten it out again to create a more diffuse quality of light.

Position it on the shadow side of a subject to reveal previously hidden details.

Tip 8. Using longer macro lenses

Macro lenses with longer focal lengths offer the same 1:1 magnification as those with shorter focal lengths, but do so at a greater distance from the subject.

Because you don't need to be as close, you get more room to position a flashgun or other light source near to the subject.

The extended working room also makes longer macro lenses a better choice for bug and insect photography, as you're less likely to disturb them.

Tip 9. Start early

If you're planning on doing some outdoor macro photography, set your alarm clock. It's worth getting up early, not just because that's when the light is invariably at is best, but because wind is usually at its weakest at this time of day.

Wind is the enemy of the garden photographer, as the combination of a slight breeze and the slow shutter speeds typically required for close-ups can lead to blurred images of flowers, plants, spider webs and other delicate objects.

For long-stemmed flowers and plants try using a specialist macro support . These are essentially clamps on the end of a small stand that can be used to hold a subject in place.

A DIY solution is to tie the stem to a cane that you've wedged into the ground next to the plant.

Come join me next week on Let's Go Big Tunes blog page for more weekly photography tips

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