#1. "RE: first macro image critique" | In response to Reply # 0AartPapaya Nikonian since 21st Oct 2011Wed 17-Jul-13 02:36 PM | edited Wed 17-Jul-13 02:38 PM by AartPapaya
You have a very good lens, as sharp as a pin. But a lot of motion blur.
To hold the camera in on hand and steady the subject by your other hand, you will need about 1/6000 exposure speed to have 50% success. It will be difficult to focus never mind all the other parameters.
To execute a successful handheld photograph of this little specimen there are a few crucial elements.
1. Very good light. If the subject is in the shade you will need a flash, or, what I sometimes use is a powerful "mini-maglite". At less than about 1/200 you need a very steady hand.
2. If the object swings in the breeze, take multiple shots and try to judge the time between swaying. Except with a steady strong wind there are almost always a second or two with no motion.
3. In most cases an aperture less than f16 is useless.
4. You had one of the jumping spiders as a subject. They have an outstanding eyesight and will follow your every move. Time and slow movements are of an essence to get close to your object.
5. I find it difficult to use manual focus when I have a very alive object. I will choose manual exposure but AF-Spot. You can set the spot focus to suite the most important part of the object such as the eye.
6. Patience, lots of it and be prepared to take 20 shots, or more, if the subject allows.
Good luck and please post, even if it is not the perfect shot.
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