Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Exploring macro lens features: Focal length, part of Foundations of Photography: Macro and Close-Up.
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Once you start looking for a macro lens, you'll probably find that your camera manufacturer…provides a few macro options, and that's before you even get to third-party offerings.…So, how do you choose a macro lens?…As with any lens choice, your first concern when selecting a macro lens will be focal length.…Yes, there are longer and shorter macro lenses. And as with any other type of lens, a longer…macro lens has a narrower field of view, and lets you magnify more.…For example, I have here a 50 millimeter, a 100 millimeter, and a 180 millimeter. These…are all macro lenses; 100 and 180 are both far longer than this normal lens, this 50…millimeter, so these are both telephoto lenses. They let me magnify distant objects.…
But, all three of these are macro lenses.…So, they have very short minimum focusing distances.…Now, in terms of macro and focal length, the difference between the 100 and the 180, for…example, is that with the 180, I don't have to get as close to my subject, because it's more telephoto.…
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