Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Shooting macro on a light table, part of Foundations of Photography: Macro and Close-Up.
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For subjects that can have some translucency, like flowers, maybe some insects, feathers,…some glass, or plastic things, there is another interesting way to light your macro shots,…and that's with a light table.…Now, a light table is what we used to have in a dark room for looking at negatives. You…might have also used one for tracing things in art class. It's basically just a box with…a semi-translucent covering, and a bunch of lights inside.…Now, in the old days, light tables were a lot of different light bulbs, or maybe some fluorescent…lights inside. You can still by those kinds of light tables, and they are very inexpensive.…
But now we have a new option, which are these LED light pads. This is something called a…light pad. It's the model A940 made by Artograph.…It's one of their smaller ones. And, the beauty of macro shootings, we don't need a lot of space.…What's great about it is its LED lighting.…So, when I turn it on, it has a few advantages over a traditional light table.…First of all, it's perfectly even lighting, which is really nice. I don't have to worry…
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