1. What are the lenses and software that is most important for learning to create effective macro photographs?
2. Do I need to use a macro lens?
3. What if I don’t have the $$ for a macro lens, what is a less costly approach?
4. What is the best way to learn focus stacking?
Answer
1. If you own a lens that has a relatively short focus distance, start with that lens before diving into this new area of photography. Unless you want to dive into focus stacking, software will not aid in the learning process. If you dive into focus stacking, see 4 below.
2. Only you can decide? If you are unsure you want to spend the money or that you will enjoy that type of photography, I would suggest you rent or borrow one before making your decision.
3. Like anything, there is always a tool that can do the job and then the RIGHT tool to do the job. A dedicated macro lens is not definitely required to take "macro" photos but if you want the best macro photos, it is your best option. Wouldn't you know... another way to spend your money.
4. View videos on YouTube and then practice, practice, practice.
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