Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Understanding macro lens shutter speed, part of Foundations of Photography: Macro and Close-Up.
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In addition to focal length, you will want to consider some other features when selecting a macro lens.…You may find that some of these features are actually more important to you than a particular focal length.…So, choosing a lens is going to be a process of finding a balance of a number of different…features and characteristics.…First, as with any lens, you will want to consider image quality, contrast, and color…quality, and of course, sharpness.…Sharpness is especially important in a macro lens, because macro images have lots of very fine detail.…
With macro, you want good sharpness across the entire image from edge to edge.…It's not hard to find sample images from lenses online.…You can download those, and evaluate them at home.…If you have the chance to examine your candidate lenses in a camera store, consider taking…your own memory card with you.…You can shoot some images, and then take the shots home to check them out.…Alternately, consider renting lenses to test them out, and evaluate quality and features.…
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