Posted on February 11th, 2010
We are going to discuss how to use a macro lens. There are many lenses out there they may be marked ‘macro lens’ and may not actually be a macro lens. For shooting the best close up and personal images that are at least 1/3 life size or larger you need a macro lens. These lenses can range in price depending on the type. Canon makes a nice macro lens Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM Lens (67mm) or if that is too much for your pocketbook you can also try the Canon EF 50mm 2.5 Compact Macro Lens (52mm). No matter what type of macro lens you use just make sure it is a macro lens.
Now this not the same as using a telephoto zoom. When using a macro lens you must pay more attention to focus, lighting, movement, camera stability, and depth of field.Focus is probably the most essential. The auto focus does not work properly with many subjects. Choose a part of the subject you wish to focus on and make it your main point. I would suggest setting the camera up with the correct magnification first then moving the entire camera closer or farther away from the subject you are going to shoot. I would also suggest having a tripod handy.
If you are shooting active subjects like birds, insects, or plants, forget the tripod and go handheld.
Lighting is also very important when using a macro lens. It’s not always possible to get natural light and a flash can be used but do not overpower the subject. The best thing to use is ring flashes. This way you can put the flash in the proper position and not overpower the subject. You can also use a softbox and cover the flash.
Another problem you could have when using a macro lens is depth of field. The best way to solve this problem is to make the film plane parallel to the subject. You might also try using less magnification and this will sometimes make the subject look out of focus.
We hope these few tips will help you when using a macro lens.