Tips

On Demand Dew And Rain Drops

Always carry a travel size spray bottle full of water.

These bottles are small enough to fit into any camera bag or even a pocket.

A quick spray can be great for adding some interest to macro shots.

This works particularly well with spider webs and helps them to stand out without having to get up at the crack of dawn or go walking in the rain.

Look Behind You

When taking shots on a walk, every few minutes look behind you to where you have come from.

You will sometimes find something you may have walked right by and ignored or not seen will make a great shot from a different angle.

If the sun is lower in the sky you will also have different lighting when looking the opposite way.

Water Drops On Grass And Bokeh

An easier and more controlled way to get macro shots of dew or rain drops on grass is to use Pet Grass and a spray bottle.

You can buy Pet Grass from most pet stores for around $3.

 Just cut the top of the bag open, add water and in a few days you have a bag full of lush green grass that you can move and position anywhere.

Carry Spares

This may seem obvious but always carry spares.

Fully charged battery for your camera.

Freshly fomratted memory card.

Fully charged batteries for your speedlite, if you are taking one.

Depth Of Field

Particularly with macro shots, with the usual narrow dof, it can sometimes be difficult to know or even see the dof you have until you look at the shot on a large monitor.

Take the frustration of 'I wish the dof was shallower or deeper' by taking a number of aperture bracketed shots at the same focus point.

You can also refocus on a new point and take more aperture bracketed shots.

When viewd on a large monitor you can then pick the one that has the dof you like the best.

 

Let It Sit

When it comes to editing, it's often a good idea to let your 'final' edit sit a day or two.

Fresh eyes can sometimes see things that they couldn't at the first edit.

This is particularly true if you are not 100% sure about an edit.

Leave it alone for a few days. When you come back to it, you will most often know what needs changing.

Thumbnail Preview

While editing, I always like to keep looking at the thumbnail preview. I find that it gives me a better sense of the overall image and how it will look, compared to just looking at the large image that I am editing.

The thumbnail preview also gives a better representation of what the image is going to look like if you decide to post it to social and sharing sites.

I'll often make final micro edits while looking at the thumbnail as opposed to the main image.

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