Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Working with close-up lenses, part of Foundations of Photography: Macro and Close-Up.
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As you saw in the last movie, extension tubes can get you closer to your subject, but you…will definitely pay an exposure price when you use them, because they will darken your…image, and require you to use slower shutter speeds and lighter apertures.…For close-up photography, extension tubes can also sometimes be overkill, because they…will get you all the way into that macro range.…If you find that you're wanting to get just a little bit closer, then instead of an extension…tube, you might want to consider a close-up lens. This is a special attachment that screws…onto the end of your camera's lens. But unlike an extension tube, a close-up lens is actually…an optical element. There is glass in here, and that glass gives you extra magnifications.…
Now, there are a lot of close-up lenses on the market, and some of them are very inexpensive,…and for the most part, you want to stay away from all of them, but two different close-up lenses.…The problem is that the glass in most close-up lenses, especially the inexpensive ones, just isn't very good.…
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