Now that I'm done banging my head against the wall....I can't afford photoshop lol and it looks SO complicated..
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.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
Thank you!More interesting backgrounds, lookup how macro photographers use coloured paper to make things look nicer
I really like the detail though, these could be in a textbook lol
Looks great. Maybe a light diffuser?
Use plain backgrounds, plain white or plain black, depending on the subject.Thank you!
Any tips on what background colour I could use to improve things? I deliberately used a white table to make the dark scorpion 'pop' out more... not sure if that worked. Ideally a more natural background would be better too I imagine (wood/foiliage) Helpful feedback though, and thanks for the compliment!!
A few pointers.
Most macro photographers I've talked too have told me to stay away from lens mounted ring lights as they're hard to defuse. They've all said that a top mounted speed light with a defuser produces the best results.Use plain backgrounds, plain white or plain black, depending on the subject.
Always focus on the eyes and everything else will fall into place.
Purchase a Ring Light , the type of flash that fits on the end of the lens. Some come with 2 or more flash tubes so you can select right tube, left tube or all tubes together.
If you are going to include natural items keep it to a minimum, or it will be too fussy, and distract from the main subject.
Try to take your shots at the same level of the subject, not from above or below, then the viewer will be led straight into the picture and with the main focus point, the eyes, will lead the viewer further into the picture, and won't be looking around the frame at unimportant items.