Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Lighting your macro scene with continuous light, part of Foundations of Photography: Macro and Close-Up.
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In the last couple of movies, you saw me making a lot of finessey little lighting adjustments…through reflectors and other light to try to get more light on the particular areas of the flower.…That's some of the macro lighting you're going to do.…When you're in real close, as we are right now, you're going to have to turn to some…stronger solutions.…Now, I'm still here by my window, and I've still got daylight coming in through the window,…but it's not enough to really get a lot of light inside the flower.…Before we set all this us up, we grab the little clip of what this flower looks like. Here it…is. You can see that it's pretty deep. And, I want to zoom into that area way down inside there.…
I've got my 65 mm lens here. I've got it extended all the way to 5X, and I want to shoot at f/16.…Because of 5X, my depth of field is so shallow.…Now, with this lens at 5X at f/16, you're actually shooting at an equivalent f-stop…on a normal lens of f/95. And, this is all listed in the manual for this lens. There is a little chart…
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