Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Augmenting direct light with reflectors, part of Foundations of Photography: Macro and Close-Up.
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When we had indirect light, we had light wrapping around all of the details in our image. Every…side was evenly illuminated.…Now, we have a problem. We've got this nice, direct light that's creating a lot of cool…shadows and things, but it's, in some places, creating too many shadows.…As I mentioned before, I don't like how dark these things have gone.…I've got a couple of other shadow problems that I'm not crazy about. I don't like this…line across here that's being cast by this pod over here.…So, what do I need? I need more light. I need light wrapping around like it was when I had…diffuse light. So, you may think, "Oh!…That means you get to use your strobe," which I could. Strobes are hard to control. They…produce a lot light, as do continuous lights.…
Before we move on to that kind of solution, it's a little bit easier to try something…much simpler, and that is a reflector.…A reflector can be simply a white piece of cardboard, a white piece of paper.…I've actually got a dedicated photo reflector here. What I like about these is it's a very…
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.
- 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