Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Macro and the angle of light, part of Foundations of Photography: Macro and Close-Up.
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So, in the last movie, we switched from the diffuse, soft, even, wrap-around lighting…that we've used for the whole course, to a shaft of direct light like you might find…streaming through an open window in your house.…As you saw, it created a lot more drama on the surface of the flower.…We had real shadows and a lot of nice highlights.…And as I moved down here, I got some nice backlighting effects, and some cool rim lights…on the stamens, and things like that. And, I hope you've had a chance to play with that sort of thing.…I hope also that while you were doing that, you played with some other alternatives.…
Look what's happened here. I've moved basically 90 degrees.…I've come around to the side, and I'm finding something very different.…I've got all this nice side lighting on the flower. You can probably see in here there…is highlighting up in here. There is shadow down in here. I've got a lot of texture on…the surface of the flower.…Let me grab a quick shot for you. I framed up a shot here that I like.…
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