Note from Scott: The following was sent to me by Tracy of Milkay Photography per my request for macro photos. Along with those, she sent along the following where she shows how to get Super Macros!
I typically hand-hold my Nikon 105mm f/2.8 VR Micro (macro) lens, partly because it is simply easier than using a tripod especially when photographing anything that moves. However, a tripod and remote shutter release cable is a MUST if using the 105mm with extension tubes as the tubes interfere with the AF system (at least on the Nikon D300 dSLR camera using the 3-ring extension tube set by Kenko). I also set the camera’s ‘Exposure Delay Mode’ to ON for a delayed shutter release (meaning, when I click the button on the remote shutter release cable, the shutter itself is not released until 1 second after the mirror is raised. This decreases any blur that can occur by the slightest camera movement. Remember…at such close ranges EVERYTHING is magnified, including camera movement!
Here are example images of the same subject, using the 105mm alone, the 105mm with 3-ring extension tube set and the 105mm, 3-ring extension tube set AND the 1.7x teleconverter:
Thank you, Tracy! Some of you might be curious as to what Tracy’s camera would look like after adding the extension tubes and teleconverter. Here it is.
The flower featured above was a star in a soap opera over at Tracy’s blog. Check it out but, be warned, have a tissue handy. 😉