Macro Photography

One of the questions we’re asked most frequently by our clients when it comes to macro photography and lenses is depth of field. A major obstacle when shooting macro shots is that the depth of field becomes extremely shallow. For example, you may get only part of a human eye in focus and while this in itself can be a great visual effect, it may not be visually pleasing to an audience when the vast majority of the frame is soft. Depth of field is of course a story telling tool which leads the audience to concentrate on a certain thing, and therefore creative lighting and composition is vital to ensure this works as intended.

Depth of Field

When one wants to increase the depth of field, the simplest option is to decrease the aperture by closing down the iris. For example, T16 or T22 is far more desirable than T2. You will notice the difference immediately. However, the other inevitable effect is a huge loss in light. Luckily most professional cameras now have a high native ISO whilst maintaining low noise, so it’s not uncommon to shoot macro shots at 1600 or even 3200 ISO. Additionally, moving lights closer to the subject or increasing the size of the light is beneficial.

Our team have extremely good technical knowledge and we’ll be happy to discuss this and many other tips with you as we build your package and talk over your shots and desired results. Call us for a chat on +44 (0) 2087359170 or email us at for more info and to discuss your requirements. Visit to view the packages available.

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