May 5, 2014

Macro Photography Tip - Pick the right aperture setting to achieve sufficient Depth of Field

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What is the appropriate aperture setting? 

Small apertures are set by choosing large f/stop numbers like f/11 and larger. Those camera settings provide maximum depth of field.  

Large apertures on the other hand (small f-stop number like f/5.6 and smaller) minimize depth of field.

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The photographic objective is to create a sharp Macro Photography image while the background is silent and in blur. An out of focus background solely draws the attention to the main subject and is much desired for insect macro photographs. 

If needed, adjust your ISO setting accordingly to compensate for slower shutter speeds when shooting with smaller aperture. A higher ISO setting will provide you with a faster shutter speed while the smaller aperture is just what you are looking for to optimize the image for depth of field and sharpness.

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Good light and happy photo making! Juergen

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