A while back I purchased a brand new Canon EOS 550D Digital SLR and all I can say is I love it. The camera has everything I need; I can use it in full auto mode, full manual or almost everything in between.

Although you can do relatively good closeups I wasn’t entirely happy with them because I needed to get closer. After some research I decided the only way to do this was to invest in a Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens.

You can only imagine my excitement when the lens came in, I was taking macro shots of almost everything. I did discover though that although the photos looked fine in the camera’s LCD display they weren’t as clear as I would have liked when viewed on the monitor.

Naturally I knew the lens wasn’t at fault, so it had to be something that I was doing that was the problem. As it turns out it all came down to I wasn’t holding the camera steady enough when taking the photos and I couldn’t get a fast enough shutter speed because of the low light level at the time to compensate for any camera movement. The answer of course was to use a tripod.

So, out comes the tripod and I managed a few more shots before I was called away. This is the best of those three.


One other think I noticed was the shallow depth of field which because of the depth of the flower I had to select which part I wanted to be in focus. As you can see you can even pick out the pollen that’s spread out over the petals.

Reckon I could still do better. Maybe what I need is to buy the Introduction to the Canon Rebel T2i / EOS 550D : Basic Controls Training DVD by Blue Crane Digital so that I can see how to get the best out of the camera.

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