Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Working with a point-and-shoot for macro, part of Foundations of Photography: Specialty Lenses.
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That 100-millimeter macro lens that you saw me using in the last movie, the one on the…front of my SLR, will run you about a thousand bucks.…You're not going to get into a good macro lens inexpensively.…But there's another option, and that's the point-and-shoot.…Now, this may sound strange, but this is actually a really viable option for extreme up-close macro photography.…I have here a Sony Cyber Shot DSC RX100, a point-and-shoot camera that I really, really like.…And it's got that thing that I want for macro shooting, which is a very small minimum focusing distance.…
I can really get in here close on something.…I mean, look at this.…I'm just a few centimeters here, and I can get in really tight and get some nice stuff.…I think I can probably even get in a little bit closer than that and still achieve focus.…Some other advantages to shooting this way, I'm shooting this flower that's up above my head.…I wouldn't be able to get up there through the viewfinder, but of course, I've always…got Live View back here.…
The course begins with a look at several common and inexpensive lens attachments, from polarizers to neutral density filters. The course then explores ultra-wide angle and fisheye lenses as well as ultra-long telephoto and macro lenses. The course concludes with a look at tilt-shift lenses, which are useful for architectural photography and special effects, and at offbeat lenses, such as Lensbaby and Holga attachments.
The course also contains Photoshop postproduction advice and examples that illustrate the creative possibilities that an expanded lens collection provides. And because some specialty lenses are extremely expensive, the course also contains advice on renting gear.