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Old 06-25-2009, 11:14 PM   #1
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anyone have a good way to get your shots in focus easier? i have live view on our 5d which seems convenient, and zooming in to see what field is in focus is helpful, but the **** bugs dont hold still for you while your trying to get everything just right... someone recommended hairspraying the subject.. anyone tried that? or any other techniques i should try? my tripod is sturdy, but not sturdy enough for 5x shots with even the slightest wind up soft ground.
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Old 06-26-2009, 07:41 AM   #2
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On the last spider you posted if you look at the knuckle of the leg in the upper left corner it looks like it's the sharpest. The focal plane on that lens is super thin and it will take some practice to get it lined up right where you want it. I would usually try to get the eyes of the bug in focus and align the focal plane so that another interesting part of the bug would be in focus too. Your never going to get the whole thing in focus unless you stack the focus in photoshop.

Not sure if you read any camera forums or not but this is a good one and there are lots of excellent macro shooters on there to learn from.

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Old 06-26-2009, 10:09 AM   #3
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i can't even imagine holding the position close enough to stack focal planes, well, i would if the guys would hold still enough for me.. stacking would require alot of erasing the out of focus parts wouldnt it?
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That's basicly what you do. I only tried it a few times with mediocre results.
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Old 06-28-2009, 02:51 PM   #5
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Try catching them (without damaging them) and put them into a clean, empty baby food jar with a cotton ball dipped in alcohol. That will kill, yet perfectly preserve the little critter. Then you can "pose" them however you want and shoot away.

It does take away some of the integrity of the shot, but it allows you to get the shots you want.
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Old 06-28-2009, 11:01 PM   #6
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Try catching them (without damaging them) and put them into a clean, empty baby food jar with a cotton ball dipped in alcohol. That will kill, yet perfectly preserve the little critter. Then you can "pose" them however you want and shoot away.

It does take away some of the integrity of the shot, but it allows you to get the shots you want.
we gave that a try on a little flyer dude... it killed em, but the poor lil sucker contorted to no end, and then it apears the alcohol dehydrated him, so he looked emaciated... but i did run into a little spruce bark beatle that was in no rush to do much of anything.

gave stacking a shot (or at least kelly did) it came out allright.. but its tough to line up the images, espec. at 5x since to focus you have to move the camera, which changes the perspective ever so slightly.
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Are you shooting in "one shot" mode or AI Servo? AI Servo might help you with the moving subject.
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hmm maybe i'll try that next time... i'm not really sure, we typically leave it in one shot mode for portraits, and i didnt think to change it when i snapped the macros stuff on.
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Doesn't AI Servo only work with auto focus though?
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Doesn't AI Servo only work with auto focus though?
Good question Noah. I only have AF lenses so I am not sure about that.
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Good question Noah. I only have AF lenses so I am not sure about that.
Noah's comment was less of a question and more of a nicely put statement. Autofocus modes (AF Mode: One Shot, AI Focus, AI Servo) won't work with manual focusing. Try setting your lense to manual focus and using one of those options, just to test it.

On that note though, that lens would be awesome if it could autofocus intelligently.
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