Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Shooting macro water droplets, part of Foundations of Photography: Macro and Close-Up.
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A lot of people think that when the weather turns bad, it's time to put your camera away and go inside.…But actually, with macro shooting, just after a rain, or what we've got here, heavy fog is…a great time to go outside, because everything is covered with water droplets. And, water…droplets can be really cool looking. When you get up close, they refract light, they add…extra texture to an image, and they really create a lot of interesting specular highlights, and things.…Now, we're just out in the parking lot. We haven't had to go more than 30 yards from…the front door. It's great. There's this whole wet, soggy macro environment out here that…I can just start playing around in.…
So, where do I start?…Well, my eye was immediately drawn to, "Okay, there are some nice flowers here. I'll start…with those." But there is also a lot of stuff you can just do with leaves.…One thing that's nice about dew and rain is any spider webs that are out here are going…to get covered and lit up.…So, I'm going to start with this thing. And, having identified it, I would do the exact…
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