Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Working with a bellows, part of Foundations of Photography: Macro and Close-Up.
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The key to getting a macro photo is being able to get your lens in really, really close.…To do that, you need a very short minimum focusing distance.…You've seen how extension tubes let you get your lens closer to a subject.…I've got here something that's basically a variation on an extension tube, and that is a bellows.…Now a bellows is a bit . . . sometimes a bit heavier, a bit clunkier, and a lot more fragile than…a set of extension tubes.…The advantage of it is that it's got tremendous variability.…
I can actually find the exact level of extension that I want with very fine control.…So, what I've done here is I've mounted a 50 mm lens on the front of this very small, very…lightweight bellows. And with that, I can extend just exactly to where I need to get the cropping that I want.…So, I am going to just set this here, and grab a shot real quick.…I'm employing all of the things that you've seen me do, working with a normal macro lens.…I'm using live view to keep my hands off the camera.…
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