Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Shooting with the Canon 65 mm, part of Foundations of Photography: Macro and Close-Up.
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So far, in this chapter, you've seen me working with the Canon 100mm Macro.…You've also seen me attach some extension tubes to it, and we've been able to get really, really close.…I want to show you now a unique lens, the Canon 65mm MP-E 1-5X Macro lens.…This is a really unusual lens. Nobody else right now is making something like this. And,…it gets me a lot of the power that I get with a complex configuration of lens and extension tubes.…
But it actually gets me more magnification power than I can get with all of these. And,…it means that I don't have to hassle with the multiple gear, and the bigger lens configuration.…That said, you work with this lens in a very different way than you work with a normal macro lens.…So, I have it attached right now, and it's got a built-in lens collar.…You haven't actually seen a lens collar in action. The lens collar is attached to the…tripod plate. So, what I typically do is put the lens on the tripod first, and then I attach…the camera to the lens.…
So, it feels kind of strange fixing your camera to a lens, rather than the lens to your camera,…
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