Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Macro Photography - A Green Tree Frog

Macro Green Tree Frog by Mervin Chiang
Macro Green Tree Frog, a photo by Mervin Chiang on Flickr.

Just a quick post to write about macro photography on a Green Tree Frog I took a few days back. I started Brokenvase Photos to concentrate on babies, toddlers, kids and family. However, on my free time, what I really like is to take macro photos. Hence this post.

Some quick tips or Note-to-self:

1. Taken with a EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM with a 1.4X teleconverter plus 2 extension tubes (25mm and 35mm)
2. Manual focus
3. Manual mode
4. Ring flash remotely triggered and held by cousin
5. Step in and out to get focus pane.
6. Continuous drive shoot to catch the sharpness
7. F/8 if possible to get less DoF

My very first Newborn Photo Shoot

Today, I finally got my chance to take photos of Keon, my newborn son at 9 days old! I've always wanted to do this. One of the reasons I started Brokenvase Photos was to try to take babies, toddlers and families. So what did I learn from the experience?

1. Always have your poses in you mind before you start.
2. Explain the pose to mum so she understands what is expected.
3. Prepare the parents that it is going to be rather traumatic event! Yes it is! There is not two ways about it. The baby will cry!
4. Have props!
5. "Set and forget". Lighting and camera settings must be done beforehand and not when the baby is in position!

That's all for now.