Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Comparing wide lens and telephoto, part of Foundations of Photography: Macro and Close-Up.
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As you start framing up your close-up shots, you might find that you can create the same…composition using several different focal lengths and camera positions.…Standing close and zooming out might let you frame the same shot that you would get standing…farther away and zooming in.…If you have a collection of primes, instead of a zoom lens, you might still have these same options.…Sometimes, it won't matter which option you choose, but you should still understand the…trade-offs of using one option over another.…
Possibly most important is the compositional change that you will see if there is a background…visible in your image.…As you change camera position, the sense of distance between the foreground and background will change.…If you're shooting an object with depth, you might also see a change in the proportions…of your subject as you change camera position and focal length.…If you are not familiar with this phenomenon, then check out my Foundations of Photography…Lenses course for more information.…
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