Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Continuous lighting to add fill to a macro shot, part of Foundations of Photography: Macro and Close-Up.
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Macro lighting is a little bit different from lighting at normal scale, because when you're…dealing with such small subjects, it's really easy to flood the area with light.…That said, macro subjects often need a little lighting boost to bring out details around…edges, to show more texture, to reveal more contour.…And, that's true with lighting in the real world.…It's just you got to be careful about how much light you throw into a scene. That's…why, very often, just natural light and a reflector is a really good way to go, because it's a…a light easy to control (amount of light).…
That said, I'm ready to try something else with this image. I've done a couple of things…here. I pulled that leaf out of the way that was bothering me. Did the same thing you saw…in last movie. I just pulled it back, and twist tied it around. I've bolted my flower down…a little bit more sturdy, because I kept bumping it, and it was moving around.…As I look at the image -- let me just shoot one real quick here, --…
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