Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Practicing macro by shooting in the kitchen, part of Foundations of Photography: Macro and Close-Up.
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It's time to take all of these little parts we've been talking about, and put them together…into some actual macro shooting.…So, I've got an exercise for you.…You need, obviously, some kind of macro-capable camera, and that could be a point-and-shoot camera.…I'm going to reverse my 50 millimeter lens, and work with that.…I've got a reversal ring to do that, to make it easier.…Now, what I want you to do is just go work your kitchen from a macro perspective.…There's nothing more to it than that.…Just go into your kitchen. Find cool stuff in your kitchen that you think would make good macro shots.…
We are not after great masterpieces here; this as an exercise to help you practice focus,…composition, help you understand depth of field.…There is one thing you need though, and that's a very particular lighting situation.…Let me show you what I've got.…So, for this to work, you need to find a situation like I'm in right here.…I have a window, open to the outside world, with some soft light coming through it.…
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