Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Working with viewfinders in macro, part of Foundations of Photography: Macro and Close-Up.
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Very often, when shooting macro, whether in the studio or in the field, you are going…to have your camera in an inconvenient location. I mean, inconvenient to you.…My viewfinder is way down here; my eyes are way up here.…So, if I want to look through the viewfinder to frame my shot, I've got to get down here.…And, I would really like to offer that if you do find yourself having to work this way,…don't do what I just did.…When I go like this, my eye is now sideways; it's actually more difficult for me to figure…out if my shot is leveled.…And, you may think, "Well, no, I'll just pay attention." And, as many times as I think I…can get away with that, I still come home with crooked shots.…
Instead, you really do need to keep your eye level, and come down here, and that's really…going to tire out your knees very quickly.…Fortunately, there are a couple of options.…You can, of course, turn on live view.…With live view, even from up here, I'm still having a hard time seeing the screen. And, if…I was working in bright daylight, the screen might get washed out.…
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