Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Working with depth of field and macro, part of Foundations of Photography: Macro and Close-Up.
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Depth of field is a concern for all types of photographers.…Landscape shooters worry about getting really deep depth of field, while portrait shooters…often aim for shallow, background-smearing depth of field.…If you've done even a little macro shooting, then you should already have discovered that,…for macro shooters, depth of field issues are significantly more profound.…Throughout this course, I've been talking about how you needed to worry about depth of the…field, but I don't think most people really take that seriously until they get behind…the camera, and see just how shallow it is.…
So, take a look at this. I still have the same flower setup from our last movie. I am going…to focus right now on where the white petals join the back of the yellow.…And, here is that shot.…And, if you look at it closely, you can see that that area that I described is in focus.…But now look at the front of the flower; it's soft.…This is how shallow our depth of field is, and I'm at f/16.…As I look at the flower right now, that's maybe a distance of two or three millimeters.…
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