Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video What is close up?, part of Foundations of Photography: Macro and Close-Up.
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We are going to split some rhetorical hairs here, because in this course, I am going to…draw a line between macro and close-up shooting, even though when you are shooting macro, you…are actually close-up.…As you will see, a photo is only a truly a macro photo if it has very specific characteristics.…Close-up photos have no technical constraints or specificities.…We are simply going to talk about close-up photography as the process of getting in closer…to a subject than you normally would.…If you have watched any of my other courses, you know I am a big proponent of getting closer…to any subject matter. Closer usually means simpler in terms of composition.…
As you get closer, you crop out extraneous details, and you focus the viewer's attention…onto your subject.…When I talk about close-up photography, I am referring to the process of getting close…to small objects, or focusing on the details of large objects.…This is the same thing you will do in macro shooting, but in close-up shooting, you are…
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