Photographers and filmmakers of the past used to break out homemade tricks—some innovative and fun—when trying to achieve special effects to make their images stand out from the crowd. Many of us have heard of the technique of smearing petroleum jelly on a lens filter for soft-focus effects. Today, one company—Lensbaby—has brought professional-grade optical tools to the world of creative photography and videography, allowing users to create
0 Views ·Posted 09/16/2022
Heather Larkin shares her tips for finding macro photography subjects in your own home (or with a quick trip to the nearest store). What sort of subjects do you use in your own macro photography? Let us know in the Comments section.
0:00 - Introduction
0:20 - Idea 1
0:50 - Idea 2
1:17 - Idea 3
1:45 - Idea 4
2:09 - Idea 5
2:33 - Bonus Idea
2:54 - Final Thoughts
0 Views ·Posted 08/21/2022
Macro photography subjects, such as jumping spiders, lady bugs, mushrooms, and more, are right in your backyard. Photographer Chris McGinnis tells us about the equipment, settings, lighting, and backgrounds he uses to capture the smallest subjects.
0:00 - Introduction & Overview
1:45 - About McGinnis
2:05 - Why Macro?
3:35 - My Gear
8:23 - Magnification
11:10 - Aperture
13:19 - Flash & Diffusers
14:51 - Black Backgrounds
16:56 - Camera Settings
19:53 - Focus Bracketing & Focus Stacking
23:12 - Sample Photos
28:46 - Top 10 Tips
0 Views ·Posted 07/22/2022
When choosing a macro lens, how do you decide which focal length is best for you? Heather Larkin discusses various macro photography subjects—such as flowers, insects, and dew drops—and the lenses that suit each situation.
0:00 - Introduction
0:48 - What is Macro Photography?
1:56 - Larkin’s Lenses
4:20 - Depth of Field
8:49 - Camera Settings
10:42 - Lens Choices
15:11 - Examples
21:02 - Q&A
0 Plays ·Posted 06/30/2022
On this week’s episode of the B&H Photography Podcast, we return to the 2022 OPTIC Conference for two enjoyable and pragmatic segments about macro photography. While both photographers we speak with are well-rounded professionals, their not-so-secret joy is crawling around in gardens and woods, making beautiful close-up macro
0 Views ·Posted 06/28/2022
Whether you're photographing frogs in the Amazon or insects in your backyard, in this B&H video, Sony Artisan Colby Brown shares his most important tips for photographing wildlife at a macro scale.
0:00 - Introduction
0:19 - Tip 1: Lens Type
0:55 - Tip 2: Off-Camera Flash
1:36 - Tip 3: Learn Your Subject
2:04 - Tip 4: Respect the Creatures
2:37 - Tip 5: Bug Spray
3:25 - Final Thoughts
Did you learn something new about macro wildlife photography? Let us know in the Comments section, below.
0 Plays ·Posted 03/10/2022
Our guest on this week’s episode of the B&H Photography Podcast is food photographer Christina Peters, and we start with a discussion of Peters’ macro food photography. We learn about her work with medium and large format systems, including FUJIFILM cameras. We also explore focus stacking, tilt-shift lenses, and when and why she might choose her
0 Views ·Posted 12/18/2021
Professional photographers Brett Wells and Derek Fahsbender critique macro photos, from flowers to insects. Their advice will give you inspiration on how to improve your macro photography.
Which of these photos sparked your interest? Share your comments on them, below.
Click here to watch Part 1 on gear and techniques.
0 Views ·Posted 12/11/2021
Photographer and Sigma technology representative Brett Wells helps you take your macro photography to new dimensions, demonstrating his at-home setup, macro lenses, other accessories, and a great deal more.
Share your takeaways from this presentation in the Comments, below.
Click here to watch Brett Wells' critique in Part 2!
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Close-up or macro photography is an incredible way to capture the tiny world around us on a super-detailed level. While the dedicated macro lens is still one of the best tools for exploring the world on a miniature scale, there are some very inexpensive ways to jump into macro photography with the lens or lenses you already own—no need for a specialized close-up macro lens. In this article, we will take a closer look (no pun intended) at reversing rings.
Close-up or macro photography is an incredible way to capture the tiny world around us on a super-detailed level. While the dedicated macro lens is still one of the best tools for exploring the world on a miniature scale, there are some very inexpensive ways to jump into macro photography with the lens or lenses you already own—no need for a specialized close-up macro lens. In this article, we will take a closer look (no pun intended) at macro couplers.
0 Views ·Posted 09/20/2021
When the weather isn’t cooperating, or when you don’t have a lot of time, there are still opportunities to take photos! Lisa Langell shares her creative photography ideas, taking you through the process from photographing to editing.
How do you find inspiration on a photoshoot that doesn’t go according to plan? Share your experiences with us in the Comments section, below.
0 Views ·Posted 08/02/2021
Go behind the scenes with professional photographer and Nikon Ambassador Joey Terrill in his studio. This is your total macro photography guide, including information on finding ideas, gear, camera settings, depth of field, focus stacking, and more.
What subjects do you currently take macro photos of? Tell us about them, and your process, in the Comments section, below.
0 Views ·Posted 07/31/2021
Want your water droplet photos to make a splash? Join Brian Linhoff and Jim Koepnick as they review your water droplet photos, from water splashes to refraction photos! Learn how to take better photographs for your next photoshoot!
Which photos caught your attention? And what tips did you pick up from Brian and Jim? Engage with us in the Comments, below!
Click here to watch Part 1.
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