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Macro shooting - leaning in or hand focusing?

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Old 03-05-13, 04:32
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Default Macro shooting - leaning in or hand focusing?

Hey everyone,

Iím hoping to get some advice on best ways to focus while doing macro photography. Should I be leaning in and out or should I be focusing with the lens barrel directly? Iíve heard people discuss doing it both ways, and Iím finding it difficult using the lens barrel technique on my 100mm macro. The DOF is just so thin! But Iím also worried that leaning out and in might be frowned upon, and I donít want to get myself into bad habits.

Any advice is appreciated!

Mark
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Old 03-05-13, 06:39
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Hi Mark

Go crazy with the lean in and lean out method. I do it all the time with my macro photography and don't worry about it because it is still super difficult to get a great shot.
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Old 03-05-13, 21:25
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Hi Mark,

I use both techniques and try to use a tripod as often as possible.

Have you thought about trying a macro focusing rail?

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Lens barrel adjustment gives the approximate focus, which can then be fine tuned with camera movement. So I use both but it's the camera movement that does the final job.

For me it's usually hand held with flash, but for static subjects I'll sometimes use a tripod & focusing rail. The rail is pretty much essential for focus stacking (adjusting the lens changes the magnification).
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Old 08-05-13, 10:10
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For static macro subjects, I use a tripod and focus rail almost all the time - only handheld if I cant get the tripod into a suitable position. Then I will focus approximately by hand and lean in for fine-tuning of focal plane.
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