Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Working with macro stabilizing options, part of Foundations of Photography: Macro and Close-Up.
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A tripod is probably the most versatile way of stabilizing your camera. You can use it in…a studio for macro work. You can carry it out into the field for any kind of other type of shooting.…A lot of times, for macro stuff though, you are going to have a better time working with…some smaller stabilization hardware that's going to make it easier to get your camera…into the up-close position that you need.…With the tripod, sometimes the legs are in the way of your table, and you can't quite…get your camera where you want it to be.…So, we are going to look at a couple of other alternatives,…starting with a variation on the tripod. I mean, specifically, the adorable variation on…the tripod. This is the cute tripod that you may not have that I do, and I'm very proud of.…
This is a Vanguard Tripod. I'd never heard of this company. I was goggling around for…cute tripods, and came up with this.…Slik, which is a pretty well-known tripod company, also makes a line of adorable tripods.…They don't call them that, and I wish they would.…
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