Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Shooting macro in a light tent, part of Foundations of Photography: Macro and Close-Up.
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Product photography used to be a very specialized, niche form of photography.…But now-a-days, with eBay, and Craigslist, and other ways to sell things online, most of…us occasionally run into a need to shoot some nice product shots for posting online.…Very often, this is a macro situation, if you're selling something small. And, there are now-a-days…some very easy ways to get very nice- looking product shots using pre-built light tents…and light boxes that give you very, very good lighting.…I know it looks strange with this big thing in front of me.…
So, we've got this camera behind me, so you can see more of what I've got going on here.…This is a box made of diffusion material.…This is one that I got at Calumet Photo. I think you can order these from their website also.…What's nice about this is it all folds up into just a kind of flat portfolio kind of thing.…What makes this such a nice product shooting arrangement is that, when I set it like this,…up against a window, so that I've got light coming in through this diffusion panel, that…
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