Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Working with direct light, part of Foundations of Photography: Macro and Close-Up.
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We've been talking about a lot of different kinds of gear in this course, because having…the right tool can be critical for getting a good shot.…But ultimately, nothing is more important to your final image than light.…All photos begin with light. And, you'll very often choose to shoot a particular thing, not…because you are necessarily interested in that thing so much, but because you like a…light that is hitting it.…Now, if you've been watching the movies in this course in order, then you've probably…noticed right now, that the lighting here has changed. And, I want to use this opportunity…to talk about the difference between the light we have now and the light we had earlier.…
A lot of people find lighting to be a very daunting topic.…But really, the most important part of learning about light is learning to notice the difference…between one kind of light and another, and understanding why that difference has occurred.…Now earlier, I asked you to find a window with soft light to shoot in.…
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