Best camera for Macro Photography 'out of the box'

The Snark

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@Oswoc Right out of the box? Whoa. Fangs up there is ripe for photoshop. Leave the fuzzy blurry, fix the contrast and brightness, then mega digitally enhance the fangs. The stuff nightmares are made of.
 

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@Oswoc Right out of the box? Whoa. Fangs up there is ripe for photoshop. Leave the fuzzy blurry, fix the contrast and brightness, then mega digitally enhance the fangs. The stuff nightmares are made of.
I can't afford photoshop lol and it looks SO complicated...
 

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I can't afford photoshop lol and it looks SO complicated..
Now that I'm done banging my head against the wall....
PS is complicated. There is also probably 50 quality courses on it just on Youtube. Post processing is a must. To give you some idea, my friend was trying to think of an eye catching image for his new restaurant. At one moment as I was taking snapshots with a crappy film camera his wife turned her head and got in the picture.

It took me five minutes in PS to turn a lousy contrast blurred image with an ugly kitchen vent in the background into this

PS, GIMP is as capable (and complex) as Photoshop, and it's for free. https://www.gimp.org/
 
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As per snark's advice editing is a huge thing in photography. Of course you should always try and get as close as possible to what you want. A slower shutter speed will have brightened up the fang post. Although with editing you could easily get the fangs brightened up. For a few years I was using snapseed. It's a free phone app. Although there are much better free programmes available. I myself use lightroom classic now as it gives me a couple of fantastic apps on my phone too.
 

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Ok so I've downloaded GIMP (glad I found the right thing on google...) and I'm keen to start 'focus stacking' - i hear a lot of macro lovers talking about this, and will be keen to try it. In the meantime, here's another 'macro' of my indian stick bug - it's a bit blurry (not sure why, even with a tripod on f/16), and I had to crop slightly, but I'm still super happy with it! stickbug.jpg
 
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Ok so I've downloaded GIMP (glad I found the right thing on google...) and I'm keen to start 'focus stacking' - i hear a lot of macro lovers talking about this, and will be keen to try it. In the meantime, here's another 'macro' of my indian stick bug - it's a bit blurry (not sure why, even with a tripod), and I had to crop slightly, but I'm still super happy with it! View attachment 396690
It's blurry because you used a low f/stop. So your depth of field is very narrow. The higher you go the greater the depth. But you'll have to increase the lighting or slow down your shutter speed. You can also bump up the iso but doing so can create "noise" in your shot.

I'd leave stacking well alone until you've got the basics and then some down.

Look at this pic. I just wanted the the front in focus (crickets head, the sand around it) as apposed to the whole spider as well. So I used a low F stop. f/5.0

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