Hand-held Close-up Photography on PL

Our friends at Photography Life have just published a new article, Hand-Held Close-Up Photography, that I wrote for the website.

NOTE: Click on images to enlarge.

NIKON 1 J5 + 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 @ 71.6mm, efov 193.3mm, ISO 3200, 1/160, f/8.0, MOVO 16mm and 21mm extension tubes

This article features a small selection of plant/flower and butterfly images captured hand-held in available light at the Niagara Butterfly Conservatory.

NIKON 1 J5 + 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 @ 71.6mm, efov 193.3mm, ISO 3200, 1/30, f/8.0, MOVO 16mm and 21mm extension tubes

It also contains some tips that readers can use when using their gear to capture close-up photography images. A link is provided that will take you to this new article.

NIKON 1 J5 + 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 @ 71.6mm, efov 193.3mm, ISO 3200, 1/125, f/8.0, MOVO 16mm and 21mm extension tubes

I will be publishing some examples of close-up photography captured with extension tubes as well as using a close-up lens here on my blog within the next week or so.

If you enjoyed this article and would like to learn more about the Nikon 1 system, you may want to have a look at our eBook, The Little Camera That Could. It illustrates the capability of the Nikon 1 system through hundreds of original photographs. There is also commentary and tips about the Nikon 1 system. The cost is $9.99 Canadian.


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5 thoughts on “Hand-held Close-up Photography on PL”

  1. Thomas can you give me some insight in how you get your shots so sharp with shutter speeds so low. I see sometimes ISO is fairly high, which I assume helps.

    1. Hi Charles,

      The high ISO will be due to the lighting conditions at the time that the image was captured.

      In terms of getting sharp images at slower shutter speeds I think the main factor is simply practicing hand-holding technique with slow shutter speeds. I typically go out once or twice and month and challenge myself to shoot hand-held at slow shutter speeds usually using a telephoto lens like the 1 Nikon 30-110 or CX 70-300. I wrote an article on hand-holding technique with telephoto lenses: http://tomstirrphotography.com/tips-on-photographing-hand-held. Many of the points in the article apply to lenses in general, not just telephoto.


  2. Great article, as usual, Tom.
    I suspect you haven’t used the built-in flash on the J5 because the lens+extension tubes will block the flash when the subject is close to the lens. Is that correct?

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