Have the perfect macro shot, but need to add light to your scene? How do you add light without making the macro image look harsh? There are macro lights available that are designed for macro photography. In this movie, author Richard Harrington demonstrates how to use a macro light when shooting macro images with an Olympus EM Series camera.
- What I'm gonna show you now is a very specialized tool for macro-photography. Now first up, I've actually attached the Olympus macro lens which is great for shooting close-ups of things like product photography or plants or insects, but a lot of times you need a little extra light. For example, on this shot here, while I can get the shot and take it, it's just a little bit dark and sure, I could tweak the settings or adjust and post but it's not quite the same. Now, as I start to get a smaller aperture here to have more in focus, it's going to get even more challenging on the lighting side.
You see it took a much longer shot but the secret is to add light and that's where the Olympus MAL1 comes into play. This is the macro arm light and it's pretty cool. Now, your camera is gonna need that accessory port, and not all versions of the EM series cameras have that. Remember, you can look on the backside of you camera and see if you have that port. If you do, this just slips in a lot like those other flash units. Line it up and gently push. Now on the top here are two switches.
I can turn those on to adjust the intensity of the lights, low power or higher power and now these can actually be bent, so I could take that around the side there to adjust my subject and create nice reflections. Now the shutter speed is significantly reduced and it gets the shot and I've got a lot more light to work with. I can work at my smallest aperture of F22 and even get a little bit closer to my subject. That's the benefit of that macro lens.
With all that light we get great depth of field. You'll see here with the preview that it's pretty shallow. But when we take the shot it actually holds focus through the entire range. You can see there that the front of the ring all the way through the back is in focus. And because these arms can be easily adjusted, this makes it simple to frame up our subject. Let's adjust the light there so we get a little bit of a lower angle light on the jewels and a higher angle hitting the back of my subject.
So as you see here, this is a really cool system. Now, there are additional ones like this from other manufacturers but not something that integrates right into that shoe. This is drawing power from the camera itself and it's a really cool flexible option. I love this for macro photography, particularly when shooting things like flowers where the extra light is quite useful to bring out all the details.
In this course Richard Harrington and Rhed Pixel demonstrate a set of customization strategies aimed at making your EM series camera far more responsive. They show you how to master the exposure by modifying ISO, aperture, shutter speed, and exposure compensation. They take you through several specialty shooting modes including Bulb, Art Filter, panoramic, and 3d mode. In addition to showing you how to get the most out of the in-camera settings, they show you how to control the camera remotely, connect the camera to Wi-Fi, record video, and more.
Get ready to go beyond the factory settings and make shooting with your Olympus EM-D series camera faster and more responsive with this collection of settings and customizing tips.
- Modifying focus points
- Setting a custom white balance
- Building lens kits
- Adding flashes, grips, and remote cable releases
- Adjusting exposure settings and locking exposure
- Shooting with specialty shooting modes
- Connecting your camera to Wi-Fi
- Recording video and attaching an external microphone