Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Working with sliders for macro, part of Foundations of Photography: Macro and Close-Up.
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If you've been following along doing any macro shooting of your own, then you should already…have discovered that camera and subject placement is critical when you're building a composition.…Now, this is true with any kind of photographic composition.…But at the macro scale, it gets down to millimeters of placement of both your camera and your subject.…You've seen how I have my geared head here for rotating, and panning, and tilting the camera.…But as I've been trying to get things positioned, I've been sliding my subject back and forth.…If I'm needing to get something in focus,…I could, of course, move the tripod back and forth, but making a fine motion of this whole…tripod is really tricky.…
Fortunately, there's another piece of gear you can employ to help you with that, and that's a slider.…This is a geared rail that I can mount my camera on. And, by turning these knobs, I can…slide it in different directions.…So, this knob slides it back and forth this way. This knob slides it back and forth this way.…
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