Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Shooting with the Canon Macro Twin Lite, part of Foundations of Photography: Macro and Close-Up.
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I've set up for a macro shot with the twin light.…So, I have got a massive gear here that should look familiar to you by this point. I've got…my Kirk Enterprises tabletop tripod setup here. I put my geared head on it, and I've…got my slider on it, and I've got all the stuff, because really, it's a luxurious way…to work. I have got it all here. There's no reason not to. I have got a lot of fine camera…motion and sturdy control.…I have put the 65 mm macro, the 1-5X Macro, on my 5D Mark III, and I've got the twin light…mounted on the end.…
My subject for this shot is right here in front of me. We found a dead bee, and it was…sad, but then we realized we could immortalize the bee.…So, we have set him up here on top of this weird, little, some kind of seed pod, or something;…it's all covered with thorns.…And, it is just sitting in this vase. The vase is not here for any aesthetic reason. It's…here only because it's the right height.…So, we've already gone through the thing you are going to go through on every macro shot,…
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