Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video What is a macro photo?, part of Foundations of Photography: Macro and Close-Up.
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We've been talking about close-up photos. And, a lot of times, the word macro is used…as a generic term to describe any close- up image, or any picture of something small.…But, there is an actual technical definition of a macro image.…A true macro photo is one where the image on the camera's sensor is the same size as…the actual object you're shooting.…In other words, there is a one-to-one ratio in the size of the object to the size of the…image of the object on the sensor.…Now, this doesn't mean that the image is always actual-size photography, because you can print…the image at bigger-than-actual size, but the captured image on the sensor is actual size.…
If you magnify the image beyond its actual size, then it's still a macro photo.…We refer to capturing an image at actual size as 1x, at double size as 2x, and so on.…But, everything from 1x on is considered macro.…So, you might group both of these images together as macro shots.…But technically, this is a macro photo, and this isn't, simply because this second one…
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