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Precision Macro Photography

Posted by: Natalie Kinnear on 06/14/2013 - 4:35 AM

:) Hi everyone, I've just put up a blog post about how I went about photographing my 'Leaf Lines' series of images and thought I'd share it here in case anyone might be interested in macro photography.

I hope you enjoy it and am always happy to hear comments or to try and answer any questions :)

Natalie :)


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Posted by: Vivian ANDERSON on 06/14/2013 - 5:51 AM

Thank you Natalie, for sharing. Way out of my league. Absolutely stunning ...


Posted by: Paul Cowan on 06/14/2013 - 6:03 AM

That's a nice article Natalie. I used a similar set-up with some microscope slides using the Canon 65MP-E 1-5x lens. It's particularly difficult to get everything exactly level so that the DoF carries. My other problem was lighting. In the end, I bounced flash off a white reflector up through the slides that were elevated above a glass table. That Kaiser lightbox you've got looks interesting.

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Not only did I have to use MLU and a shutter release cable, I also had to use the delayed timer and stand perfectly still while the shot was being taken. Even a car passing along the road outside caused enough wobble to ruin a shot.


Posted by: Natalie Kinnear on 06/14/2013 - 6:10 AM

@Vivian - thank you :)

@Paul - wow, that is an awesome shot, worth the effort I'd say, a really fabulous work. I love the idea of looking at things microscopically, I find the detail really fascinating. Yes, the Kaiser lightbox I have is very small and wasn't too expensive if I remember rightly, I bought it a long time ago.


Posted by: Sharon Mau on 06/14/2013 - 8:44 AM

. . ★ . . . ★ . . ♥ . . you know how I love your beautiful work Natalie . it is always a pleasure to explore your beautiful gallery . . . congratulations on being published in Photography Magazine . . . . and thank you so much for the link to your blog . it is wonderful and I very much enjoyed reading about your creative process . . . . ♥ . . ★ . . . ★ . . . .


Sharon Mau


Posted by: Natalie Kinnear on 06/14/2013 - 8:48 AM

@Sharon Thank you Sharon, and I've definitely got my fingers crossed for you for the contest! I did it last year and got my 250 votes, but absolutely couldn't face doing it again this year lol.

But I really love your image and sincerely hope it's picked as one of the winners! In case anyone would like to vote for Sharon's image, it's here


Posted by: Ann Powell on 06/14/2013 - 8:56 AM

Your leaf series is simply top notch awesome. Way out of my league also , but very interseting to read your techniques and processes. Masterfully done! Thanks for sharing.


Posted by: Natalie Kinnear on 06/14/2013 - 8:58 AM

Thanks Ann, I'm glad you enjoyed it. They were fun to put together, but yes, very time consuming once you end up with 12 in a series. To be honest, I think one of the images doesn't quite fit, but I think I got away with it! :)


Posted by: Bradford Martin on 06/14/2013 - 9:01 AM

Very nice work. Thanks for sharing your technique. I used a light box for photographing grape leaves and vines but not as precise and detailed as yours. I also use my lightbox for photographing glass art. I have a set up now using a glass table and a flash and a soft box, which allows me a more control over the light. Glad to see there are people still around that take the time to do things as perfect as possible in camera. Also good to see someone actually using a focusing rail.


Posted by: Lara Ellis on 06/14/2013 - 9:06 AM

Thanks for sharing! What a great idea to use a light box! I wonder how a flower petal would look? :)


Posted by: A M Johnson on 06/14/2013 - 9:08 AM

@Paul Cowan, "It's particularly difficult to get everything exactly level so that the DoF carries."

Use focus stacking.


Posted by: Paul Cowan on 06/14/2013 - 9:13 AM

I've been planning to do some focus stacking AMJ but I haven't got round to it. It's scarcely necessary with a microscope slide, anyway, where the object is only a fraction of a millimetre thick. It's just a matter of taking care to get the lens precisely aligned with the subject.


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