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Photography involves a lot a gear, of course, and macro-shooting can be one of the most gear-heavy photography specialties. You think that getting up close to something, and taking a picture of it would be pretty simple, but as you will see, there are some specific macro shooting problems that can only be solved with specialized tools. Now, that said, you can get into macro shooting at a number of different levels; it doesn't have to be a very expensive pursuit. If you've already got a macro lens, that's great! If you don't, don't go buy one yet. There are some inexpensive alternatives to a macro lens, and depending on what you like to shoot, these alternatives may be all that you need.

What you need to know for this course

Photography involves a lot a gear, of course, and macro-shooting can be one of the most gear-heavy photography specialties. You think that getting up close to something, and taking a picture of it would be pretty simple, but as you will see, there are some specific macro shooting problems that can only be solved with specialized tools. Now, that said, you can get into macro shooting at a number of different levels; it doesn't have to be a very expensive pursuit. If you've already got a macro lens, that's great! If you don't, don't go buy one yet. There are some inexpensive alternatives to a macro lens, and depending on what you like to shoot, these alternatives may be all that you need.

In this course, we will be working our way up from the least expensive macro gear to the most expensive, most specialized gear. Depending on the type of close-up in macro shooting that you like, you might need a particular macro set-up, so it would be best for you to explore a little bit through this course before you buy anything. Now, you can use just about anything for a camera, but ideally you want something with some manual exposure control. Many point-and-shoot cameras have great macro capabilities, but you will get better results if you can employ some manual overrides.

You will probably need a tripod. I say probably, because if you not going to get super close, and you are shooting in bright light, then you can probably get away with working hand-held. For real macro work though, you are going to need a sturdy tripod. As you will see, there are plenty of other things you might end up needing: specialized lenses, lens attachments, flashes, light modifiers, set pieces, camera mounts, focusing aids, the list goes on and on. And, we will look at each of these as we work through this course.

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Foundations of Photography: Macro and Close-Up

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Ben Long
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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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