Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Shooting basics with a macro lens, part of Foundations of Photography: Macro and Close-Up.
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At last, we are ready to start shooting with an actual macro lens.…In this movie, we are going to build up a macro shot.…And then, through the rest of this chapter, we are just going to continue to put together macro shots.…Along the way, you are going to see the varied problems and issues that you will typically…encounter when shooting macro. Some of these will be technical, and some will be aesthetic.…Now, we are going to start by shooting this flower.…Now, you saw me shooting flowers earlier, when we were looking at some other things. And, we…are going to stick with flowers for awhile.…When you are learning to shoot macro, flowers are kind of a perfect subject.…
They don't move typically. They are plentiful. They are easy to come by. But they also have…everything that you need when you're wanting to build a picture. They have line. They have…form. They have color. They can have depth, more or less of it.…And most importantly of all, they really interact with light in a lot of different ways. Even…
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