Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Understanding how to shoot macro with a reversed lens, part of Foundations of Photography: Macro and Close-Up.
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So, what we're going to do in this movie may look an awful lot like a silly photographic hack.…But that's only because it's a silly photographic hack.…It is also, however, a completely valid, useful technique that you might already know about.…Let's start with the easy version.…If you have a prime lens -- that is, a lens with a single, fixed, focal length, -- get it out now.…I'm going to use this 50 mm lens.…Normally, of course, I would attach the lens to my camera like this.…So, I'm just going to go ahead and grab my shot with it.…A 50 mm lens on this camera is considered a normal lens. That means it's got roughly…the same field of view as the human eye. It's a pretty wide-angle field of view. And, what…I get with it is something like this. Hardly a macro shot.…
But now I'm going to take the lens off the camera. I'm going to turn it around, and hold…it up against my camera, completely covering the mirror chamber.…Now, being very careful not to drop the lens, I can frame up a shot.…Check this out, though.…
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