Be the champ! Macro
Appeared in DIVER June 2012
He has been there and done it himself – now ALEX MUSTARD continues his monthly series on capturing images capable of winning competitions, and explains how to get your macro work taken seriously
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This ghost goby was living on a giant clam mantle, so I chose a top-down camera angle to keep as much of this scene in focus as I could. This allows both subject and the pleasingly patterned background to contribute. Taken with Nikon D7000 + Nikon 105mm VR, Scubacam +5 dioptre. Nauticam housing, twin Inon Z240 strobes, f/20 @ 1/320th, ISO 200
A clean black background should be our stock shot for macro. When our subject is on the seabed, like this nudibranch, we need to get the camera right down to its level to frame it against open water to achieve this look. Taken with Nikon D7000 + Nikon 105mm VR, Subsea +5 dioptre. Nauticam housing, single Inon S2000 strobe, f/25 @ 1/320th, ISO 200
Coloured backgrounds are more interesting, but can easily compete with the subject and distract the eye. To keep this threadfin hawkfish the centre of attention, I opened up my aperture to blur the sponge, keeping its colour but losing its detail. Taken with Nikon D7000 + Nikon 105mm VR. Nauticam housing, two Inon Z240 strobes, f/6.3 @ 1/320th, ISO 200