equipment, read your camera's manual and test your lens.
Once you do you will find out it was not an equipment
issue but a user error. Accept it and learn how to do
better next time.
Pre-focus your lens and move into the
subject, autofocus works sometimes but not always, when
it does it is great you just cannot count on it and you
Focus a little behind what you want to
be sharp to utilize all depth of field available. Keep
in mind you will have a little more than you see unless
you use the preview button. This little more needs to be
used don't waste it on something in front of your
subject that is not there.
Try to shoot your subject at eye level - a shot
looking up or down is no where near as appealing.
Never forget you have minimum depth of
field to work with - If possible move a little to the
side and shoot at a little of an angle. Look at other
peoples shots to see the angle they used.
The closer you are to the subject the
higher the shutter speed needs to be (more magnification) and the smaller
depth of field you will have - If possible move back a
little and crop the image later.
Always shoot in RAW
Understand that it is a
usually a waste of time to
shoot handheld on an overcast day without a flash
Learn how to hold
your camera for steady shots
Learn how to shoot with manual settings,
more times than not your cameras shutter or aperture
priority will not provide the results you want so
remember the "M" on the camera is for "Maximum Photo
Accept the fact that flash changes the
game dramatically so learn how to use it - with practice
it is real easy and it is the only way to get
Remember that lens
diffraction will start to appear, take a few shots to
see where it is acceptable on each lens.
Find a setup you
like and then use only it until you get good with it and
then move on to something else I used to prefer a 100mm Macro
Lens with a 1.4 tele-converter, now I use an MPE-65.