Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Getting closer with macro lenses and extension tubes, part of Foundations of Photography: Macro and Close-Up.
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So, in my previous exploration of the flower, I decided that what I really need to do is get in closer.…The problem is this lens has a minimum focusing distance. That means I can't get much closer…than this. So, I can only fill the frame with so much flower.…I'd like to get in here, and really get in tight on some of the detail.…Now, we've already seen something that will let me shrink the minimum focusing distance…on my lens, and that is an extension tube.…We used extension tubes before with a regular lens, but there is no reason that you can't…use them with a macro lens.…
Before we get to that though, I want to talk about a potential problem that we're going to have.…As we get in closer, we're going to lose a lot of light, simply because we're going to…be in tight. We're going to be casting our own shadow. And also, it's just darker in there.…We're also going to be losing light, because of the extension tube.…That means that we're going to start running into exposure issues.…As light levels drop, I could open the aperture.…
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