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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.
If you've watched all of this course, you should now have a solid grounding in the foundations of macro shooting. But, just as gazing into the fine details of a small subject reveals a world of deeper photographic possibility, so can your macro study now go much farther. From here, you will want to work towards a deeper understanding of macro lighting, natural lighting, light modifiers, strobes, continuous lights. You'll also want to build up a skill set of specialized macro shooting practices. Insects, flowers, tiny animals, and macro product photography all require specialized techniques and skills that build on the foundations that you've seen here.
But, as with all forms of photography, the most important thing you can do right now is practice, not just to develop the necessary skills required for macro shooting, but to train your eye to recognize macro potential, and to better understand how to use the macro visual vocabulary to build up an image. Because macro photographs can be found anywhere, there is never a reason that you can't do a little macro practice. So, turn your eyes to the smaller details of your environment, and have fun.
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