A little macro depth of field lesson…

A little macro depth of field lesson this morning.

Too often we think we need to shoot a macro scene at a high f-stop in order to maximize depth of field. What if a large depth of field is not what the image needs? I did images from f3.8 to f22 and all stops in between to see the difference. I thought I would make a composite of the two extremes to show you the difference. Which do you like better?

Tamron SP 90mm f2.8 Di VC USD Macro lens on a Nikon D-800, Aperture Priority, -.7 stops of exposure compensation, ISO 400, Vanguard Abeo Pro tripod and BBH-200 head, processed in Lightroom 5, composite made in Photoshop CC.

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2 Responses to “A little macro depth of field lesson…”

  1. I prefer the top image at f3.8 because the blurred background emphasizes the subject better.

  2. lilybug1960 Says:

    I prefer the top image as well. The isolation helps to set the mood.

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