Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Lighting the macro scene with strobes, part of Foundations of Photography: Macro and Close-Up.
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If you watched the last movie, you saw me solve this particular exposure problem we're having…right now. It's a big light.…The problem I'm having is, zoomed out all the way to 5X on the 65 mm macro, I am just cutting…out all the light in my scene. I'm at f16 and, on this lens, 5X zoom at f/16 is the equivalent…to f/95 on a normal lens. There is a whole chart about f-stop equivalency in the 65 mm manual.…So, I've just got a very, very dark image. Let me give you a shot of what I've got here.…
Again, I'm at f/16, and I have got a different composition than what I had before. But you…can see that I have still got the same problem. And, there's just no light way down in there.…So, if you already own an external strobe, and you're not interested in buying more gear,…there's no reason you can't just flood your scene with this thing, and not have to buy…a bunch of big external lighting.…However, if you're thinking that you're just going to put your flash on your camera's hot…shoe, that's really not going to do any good. We need light way down here. This thing's pointed…
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