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Macro Photography: From Snapshots to Great Shots by Rob Sheppard

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3. Mastering Macro Sharpness

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ISO 200 • 1.6 sec. • f/16 • 12-35mm lens (MFT)

Sharp photos up close require special attention

Sharpness can be a significant challenge when you are shooting up close. I constantly get questions and comments about this from photographers exploring close-up and macro work. They quickly notice that sharpness can be a distinct problem, and many think then that a macro lens will solve everything. But when that macro is added to the camera bag, these same photographers quickly discover that the sharpness challenges keep coming.

Up close, there are three main sharpness challenges: camera movement during exposure, focusing ...

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