Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Choosing a macro lens, part of Foundations of Photography: Macro and Close-Up.
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If you've been watching the movies in this course in order, then you've now done some…close-up and macro shooting using very affordable gear.…I'm hoping you're finding you enjoy a macro approach to the world.…You should also have seen that lens reversal, point-and-shoot cameras, and extension tubes…are completely viable, very effective macro tools.…But, as you've seen, they have some shortcomings.…Extension tubes cut light. Lens reversal takes away your aperture control.…If you've played with a close-up lens, you've probably found it didn't give you a tremendous…amount of magnification.…And, all three tools have issues with edge sharpness.…
If these problems are frustrating you, and you want to continue with macro shooting,…then it's time to start considering a true macro lens.…Now, that said, we are not going to abandon extension tubes, and close-up lenses, and lens…reversal. As you will see, these tools will continue to be useful, because they can be…combined with macro lenses.…As you saw earlier, a macro label on a lens doesn't always mean that a lens is truly a macro.…
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