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I've done lots of macro photography in the past. I started off outside then graduated inside using white card and a daylight bulb. Lighting is the most important thing inside. I got some great effects especially on rough surfaces like tapestry. Everyday objects take on strange appearances when magnified. It was brilliant. When I was doing this it was before the digital revolution and I used to develop my own film and prints. Extremely satisfying, a great hobby but very time consuming. Before caravanning took all my time up ! I must dig out my old prints and see if I can scan them . ......

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Spider

 

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Carnation

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Any idea what it is called this attachment?

I think my old tripod was a Velbon(?)

 

Just google panorama heads.

 

Accurate adjustable ones, like Manfrotto 303sph ( that rotate about the nodal point) can be expensive. There are cheaper units like the Panosaurus. ...the name says it all! I tried the cheap ones and the expensive ones.

 

Personally I have abandoned all the pano head paraphernalia and take single overlapping shots. Ptgui software does and excellent job of stitching them together. ..even adjusting exposure differences (which occur as you pan if you don't fix your exposure settings).

 

 

 

 

 

On the subject of macro.

 

People shouldn't be put off doing macro with compact cameras. The smaller the sensor size the deeper the depth of field ( zoneof sharpness)

So compact cameras with smaller sensors ( provided they are good quality of course) are often ideal for macro work.

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On the subject of macro.

People shouldn't be put off doing macro with compact cameras. The smaller the sensor size the deeper the depth of field ( zoneof sharpness)

So compact cameras with smaller sensors ( provided they are good quality of course) are often ideal for macro work.

 

My Nikon 1 should be great fun then. ...... B) Sorry about the Fred Drift Gumdrop

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My Nikon 1 should be great fun then. ...... B) Sorry about the Fred Drift Gumdrop

 

Is that the Nikon V1?

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Is that the Nikon V1?

 

No, It is a J1.

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Someone asked how you keep the camera still to take close up/macro images.

Obviously a tripod is good but who wants to carry all that weight?

I tried a monopod, but when the opportunity arose it was folded up and in the bag.

LordV uses a green plastic garden cane! and as you have seen his results are amazing.

I carry a walking pole and use a variation on LordVs cane idea, in that I have a piece of

plywood with a suitable sized hole (25mm) in it at one end that will take the camera base.

This wood with its running fit hole sits on my stick and is quickly adjusted up/down

and locks as soon as you put pressure on it. I find it very useful. I might patent it :D

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I got hold of a walking pole/monopod combined. Saves on extra weight. I've also been looking at bean bags as supports. If filled with polystyrene beads they should be quite light

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I got hold of a walking pole/monopod combined. Saves on extra weight. I've also been looking at bean bags as supports. If filled with polystyrene beads they should be quite light

The idea of the platform was to be able to vary the height quickly,

I have had a stick with a 1/4" screw but it was not versatile enough

for me. If the subject needed getting down to, the block will travel

from top to bottom of the stick in a trice

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My friend had a tripod which allowed the centre piece to be removed and inverted. This means the camera is upside down in use but the tripod is over the top of the subject. The current screens we now use show a normal view so no problem there.

 

I removed the base of one I had and found it works well. Not all tripods will allow this but it is worth checking.

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upside down in use but the tripod is over the top of the subject.

 

I recently got a Hama tripod that's set up to do this, not tried it yet! (free gift for taking a subscription with one of the photo magazines

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For the occasional table top macro/close up

you will have to go a long way to beat this

http://www. amazon. co. .._pr_product_top

I have used it for soldering, macro photo subjects,

holding a reflector, interesting paper weight with

the magnifying glass focused on a badge or stamp.

all for a couple of quid. Could even include postage.

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Ah, got one of those. Isn't it amazing the gadgets we collect. ;) That is a good price though.

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For the occasional table top macro/close up

you will have to go a long way to beat this

http://www. amazon. co. .._pr_product_top

I have used it for soldering, macro photo subjects,

holding a reflector, interesting paper weight with

the magnifying glass focused on a badge or stamp.

all for a couple of quid. Could even include postage.

 

These look worth giving £7. 59 for. 52mm 4pc Close-Up Kit Macro Lenses

 

http://www. amazon. co. uk/Close-Up-Macro-Lenses-Nikon-Other/dp/B003L1JPFG/ref=pd_sim_ph_12

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For the occasional table top macro/close up

you will have to go a long way to beat this

http://www. amazon. co. .._pr_product_top

I have used it for soldering, macro photo subjects,

holding a reflector, interesting paper weight with

the magnifying glass focused on a badge or stamp.

all for a couple of quid. Could even include postage.

 

Thanks for that I've just ordered it :)

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These look worth giving £7. 59 for. 52mm 4pc Close-Up Kit Macro Lenses

 

http://www. amazon. co. ..ef=pd_sim_ph_12

That is useful and a good price, remember the centre is usually sharp

but softer at the edges

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I have downloaded the Microsoft ICE which makes and stitches Panoramas,

looks easy and intuitive.

There are two more programs worth a look Hugin and Serifs Panorama Plus SE

all these are free.

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To go with your new interest in Macro there is a free stacking program

Stacking means combining a number of image "slices" by altering focus

it results in a 3D image that is very lifelike, good for showing components

accurately. A photographer on http://www. wildaboutbritain. com made a beautiful

stepper motor rig to make his slices as accurate as possible.

http://www. hadleyweb. ..uk/CZP/News. htm

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For the occasional table top macro/close up

you will have to go a long way to beat this

http://www. amazon. co. .._pr_product_top

I have used it for soldering, macro photo subjects,

holding a reflector, interesting paper weight with

the magnifying glass focused on a badge or stamp.

all for a couple of quid. Could even include postage.

Thanks for the link

 

I ordered it on the 21st & it came this morning, handy bit of kit for £3 delivered :)

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I have downloaded the Microsoft ICE which makes and stitches Panoramas,

looks easy and intuitive.

There are two more programs worth a look Hugin and Serifs Panorama Plus SE

all these are free.

Just as you thought it may be safe to take a panorama,

I came across this! even more to it than I thought . ........

http://www. johnhpanos. com/epcalib. htm

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Now that looks interesting

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how great to be able to take photo's like those, i would think it would need a lot of practise and good lens,but can only hope, :)

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These take some getting as they usually fly away as soon as you get them fully in focus!!

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This was taken on the shore of Derwentwater not too far from the CC Manesty site

 

 

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