Pro nature photographers rely on developing a solid workflow to overcome challenges they face in the field. Lets take an example of one of my favorite the genre of nature photography: Outdoor Macro photography. An outdoor macro photographer faces several challenges while trying to photograph small subjects. To capture successful macro photographs, you need to overcome several challenges.
Finding the Right Subject
While this may sound like it is not a challenge, finding the right subject requires you to slow down and really get close to your subject. If you want to find a good macro subject, I highly recommend that you slow down and immerse yourself in local environment.
Dealing with the Weather
Managing wind is one of the most common challenges to overcome when shooting any subject that is not completely static (such as flowers, leaves, and stems). When possible, we use a fast shutter speed to capture sharp photos of the wind-blown subject. However, we must routinely decide on the right trade-off between DOF (aperture), shutter speed, ISO, and the right filters.
If you find that you are struggling to focus on macro subjects, you are not alone. The focus mechanism on the macro lenses is very slow. Additionally, it is very difficult to re-frame your photos by moving your macro lenses because even the smallest lens movements make your subject fall out of the frame. We employ pre-focusing workflow and focus stacking to capture tiny subjects with just the right amount of details.
Technical expertise alone is not enough to capture stunning macro photos. Even if you know how to use your camera and your macro lens outdoors, macro subjects may present problems that will require a creative workflow and out of box thinking.
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