Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Working with subject holders and support, part of Foundations of Photography: Macro and Close-Up.
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So, you have seen that I have this nice geared head; this very stable tripod.…I can really have fine control over the position of my camera. Whether you have this nice set…up or not, you're still going to find that no matter how finely you can position your…camera, very often you need to move your subject.…I don't mean move it around for exploration the way that we were. I mean get it positioned…a very particular way.…Sometimes, the only way to get the angle that you want, or to get the focus that you need,…is to be able to move your subject, and have it stay where you put it.…
Most of the time that I spend on macro shooting is actually trying to figure out how to get…my subject to stay where I want it to.…So, while with this head, I can maybe get the shot that I want through camera movements,…I'm going to set up this shot by moving the subject.…And . . . because that's something you are going to see me doing a lot throughout the rest…of this course. And, I've got a few different tools that will help stabilize and position…
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