Gear Podcast: Macro Photography and a Chat with Marc Silber

It has been “Macro Week” at B&H Explora, and this week’s episode will put a nice bow on all the articles and photos we have published on the subject, with an overview of what type of macro photography lenses and systems are available. We begin this podcast talking with photographer Marc Silber about his new book Advancing Your Photography: A Handbook for Creating Photos You’ll Love, in which he provides a complete guide to get you from concept to completion. He stresses visualizing your image, gathering the correct gear to accomplish that, and walks the reader through all the steps of production, post-production, and exhibition. The tools he provides are apt for beginners. Enthusiasts—and even pros—will pick up a few tricks.

After a short break, we continue the macro photography theme with a listing of the latest macro lenses available at B&H, and a practical conversation on what defines macro, techniques for improving your macro photography, and alternative methods for creating close-up and macro images.

Guest: Marc Silber

Image courtesy Marc Silber
Image courtesy Marc Silber
Eiffel Tower by Marc Silber
Marc Silber and Allan Weitz, photograph by John Harris
Photos by Allan Weitz unless otherise noted


Host: Allan Weitz
Senior Creative Producer: John Harris
Producer: Jason Tables
Executive Producer: Lawrence Neves


Another great podcast.  Thank you!

Coupled lenses is another way to take macro shots.  By mounting a long focal length lens on a camera with a reversed short focal length lens on front, one can obtain greater than life-size magnification.  The magnification is the long focal length divided by the short focal length.  For example, with a Nikon 80-200mm f/2.8 and a reversed Nikon 50mm f/1.4 the magnification is 80/50 to 200/50 or 1.6:1 to 4:1.

Also, focus stacking can be used to control depth of field.  This can be done in two ways:  1)  Holding the camera position fixed and taking multiple shots at incremental focusing distances or 2)  Holding the lens focus fixed and taking multiple shots at incremental distances from the subject by positioning the camera along a focusing rail.  In either case, the exposures are combined in Photoshop for extended depth of field. 

Ken ...Thanks so much for listening to the show and for the two very good points!