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Foundations of Photography: Macro and Close-Up
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Foundations of Photography: Macro and Close-Up

with Ben Long

Video: Welcome

(music playing) Hi! My name is Ben Long, and welcome to Foundations of Photography: Macro and Close-Up. We spend our days interacting with the world in a particular scale, a scale that we all share and understand. In our everyday scale, small is something that I can hold in my fingers, and big is something I can crawl inside. As photographers, we usually build pictures around this sense of scale, but there is another scale that you work out photographically. A scale that you can't actually see in everyday life.
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  1. 3m 54s
    1. Welcome
      2m 17s
    2. What you need to know for this course
      1m 37s
  2. 20m 33s
    1. What is close up?
      2m 21s
    2. Understanding minimum focus distance
      3m 55s
    3. Comparing wide lens and telephoto
      1m 55s
    4. Understanding depth of field and focus
      2m 11s
    5. Working with extension tubes
      4m 30s
    6. Working with close-up lenses
      5m 41s
  3. 28m 7s
    1. What is a macro photo?
      4m 15s
    2. Understanding how to shoot macro with a reversed lens
      5m 37s
    3. Using a point-and-shoot camera for macro
      1m 55s
    4. Working with backdrops for macro
      3m 45s
    5. Practicing macro by shooting in the kitchen
      12m 35s
  4. 58m 38s
    1. Choosing a macro lens
      2m 4s
    2. Exploring macro lens features: Focal length
      3m 16s
    3. Understanding macro lens shutter speed
      7m 6s
    4. Shooting basics with a macro lens
      8m 24s
    5. Getting closer with macro lenses and extension tubes
      11m 13s
    6. Working with depth of field and macro
      5m 1s
    7. Understanding depth and composition in macro
      6m 43s
    8. Working with subject holders and support
      6m 36s
    9. Shooting with the Canon 65 mm
      8m 15s
  5. 13m 12s
    1. Working with macro stabilizing options
      5m 45s
    2. Working with sliders for macro
      2m 44s
    3. Working with a bellows
      1m 55s
    4. Working with viewfinders in macro
      2m 48s
  6. 52m 59s
    1. Working with direct light
      6m 13s
    2. Macro and the angle of light
      2m 24s
    3. Augmenting direct light with reflectors
      6m 42s
    4. Continuous lighting to add fill to a macro shot
      5m 55s
    5. Lighting your macro scene with continuous light
      4m 50s
    6. Lighting the macro scene with strobes
      4m 59s
    7. Setting up a macro-specific flash unit
      3m 21s
    8. Shooting with the Canon Macro Twin Lite
      7m 56s
    9. Shooting macro in a light tent
      3m 31s
    10. Shooting macro on a light table
      7m 8s
  7. 19m 44s
    1. Field shooting for macro, starting at home
      7m 5s
    2. Managing backgrounds in the field
      7m 39s
    3. Shooting macro water droplets
      5m 0s
  8. 56m 19s
    1. Creating a simple manual focus stack
      4m 40s
    2. Creating a focus stacked image with manual merge
      6m 17s
    3. Creating a focus stacked image using Helicon Remote
      11m 6s
    4. Working with a StackShot rail for focus stacking
      11m 46s
    5. Merging a focus stack with Photoshop
      11m 12s
    6. Merging photo stacks with Helicon
      6m 53s
    7. Understanding the aesthetics of depth of field
      4m 25s
  9. 1m 5s
    1. Next steps
      1m 5s

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Foundations of Photography: Macro and Close-Up
4h 14m Intermediate Mar 29, 2013

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It's a small world, and capturing it with a photograph can be challenging. In this course, photographer, author, and teacher Ben Long takes you on a fantastic voyage into the realm of the tiny, detailing the gear and shooting techniques necessary to capture extreme close-ups of everything from products to posies.

After touring the possibilities of macro photography, the course details essential gear at several price levels, including lenses, flashes, and other accessories. Next, Ben explores the special challenges of macro photography: dealing with moving subjects, working with extremely shallow depth of field, focusing, lighting, and more.

The course also explores advanced close-up tools and post-processing techniques, such as using Adobe Photoshop to "stack" multiple shots to yield wider depth of field than a single shot can convey.

Topics include:
  • What is a macro photograph?
  • What is a macro lens?
  • Finding good subject matter
  • Evaluating macro gear like extension tubes and tilt-shift lenses
  • Composing and framing shots
  • Exploring depth of field
  • Lighting macro shots
  • Working with light tables
  • Editing macro shots
Subjects:
Photography Cameras + Gear Photography Foundations Lighting
Software:
Photoshop
Author:
Ben Long

Welcome

(music playing) Hi! My name is Ben Long, and welcome to Foundations of Photography: Macro and Close-Up. We spend our days interacting with the world in a particular scale, a scale that we all share and understand. In our everyday scale, small is something that I can hold in my fingers, and big is something I can crawl inside. As photographers, we usually build pictures around this sense of scale, but there is another scale that you work out photographically. A scale that you can't actually see in everyday life.

A scale that might surprise you with its depth and richness. That scale, of course, is the very small. And, the very small is the realm of the macro and close-up photographer. In this course, we are going to explore all of the fundamentals of shooting the very small, as we work from shooting simple close-ups, to shooting macro-shots with full detail and clarity. We will start by working with gear that you already have, shooting at a scale that's not too far removed from your everyday experience. Shooting close-ups is a great way of getting a different take on areas and subjects that you might already be familiar with, and some of the practices and techniques that you employ in close-up photography are the same ones you will use for macro photography.

So, it's a great way to prepare yourself for diving into more extreme magnifications. Next, we will ease you into macro photography by showing how you can easily modify your existing equipment to make it capable for macro work. From there, we will beef up your arsenal of macro gear by looking into extension tubes, close-up lenses, and bellows. Of course, serious macro shooters use dedicated macro lenses, so we will look in depth at how to choose a macro lens, before diving into all the techniques you need to know to get the most out of whatever macro lens you choose to work with.

Along the way, we will cover some lighting and aesthetic tips, before we finally head into the extremes of macro photography, as we explore focus stacking to create images that simply weren't possible just a few years ago. Macro photographs can be a fascinatingly different view of the world. And, one of the best things about shooting macro is that you can start building an extensive macro portfolio without ever leaving your house. Macro expands on the photographic skills that you already have, and you may find that after working for a while with a very small, you will begin to see the full-scale world a little differently.

So, get a camera and some tiny subjects, and let's get started.

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