For Sharp Focus Learn to Parallel the Subject

To create sharp images at high magnifications, it's helpful to understand how to maximise the depth of field you are working with. I call this technique 'paralleling the subject'. I do this underwater by aligning the flat port with the most important part of the subject's plane, so that the camera and the subject are parallel to each other. Selecting the critical part of a subject's plane is your choice entirely. At around half life-size and greater, the importance of precise camera placement is a significant factor.

fig. 8.4 Nikon D300, f22 at 1/320 sec, ISO 200, two Inon flashguns each side of my macro port. From a distance, and with my left hand, I paralleled the plane and endeavoured to angle the lens likewise to ensure depth of field through the frame.
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