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Mastering Macro Photography

Learn the equipment, techniques, and concepts that produce the best results in macro photography
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Last updated 4/2013
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What Will I Learn?
To teach viewers specific techniques and methods of creating beautiful macro photographs
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Macro and close-up photography opens up a whole new world of image-making possibilities. By getting very close to their photographic subjects, viewers will find new ways to express their creativity, create unique images, and better understand the capabilities of their equipment. In this video workshop, expert instructor Tim Grey goes through the equipment, techniques, and concepts that produce the best results in this specialized photographic style. Topics covered include concepts of macro photography, basic and advanced techniques, and using a flash. The video also includes macro photography projects that viewers can try.Well-known photographer and trainer Tim Grey presents up to 4 hours of high-quality HD video, complete with lesson files and review materials. Project files used in the lessons are included so viewers can practice what they've learned.

Who is the target audience?
  • Photographers looking to learn more about shooting macro
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 33 Lectures Collapse All 33 Lectures 02:30:07
Getting Started with Macro Photography
15 Lectures 01:03:54
In this lesson we'll look at the various pieces of equipment that will be used throughout this workshop, giving you a sense of the tools you might want to put to use in your own macro photography.
Preview 10:33

This lesson will address the importance of using a tripod or other stable support platform for your camera when capturing macro photographs.
Employing a Tripod

Photographers often refer to taking photos as "shooting," and that is actually an apt analogy, because that you can achieve better photographic results by thinking like a marksman. In this lesson we'll explore these concepts to help you get sharper photographs.
"The Gun Analogy "

Focal length affects both depth of field and working distance to the subject, which are important considerations for macro photography. In this lesson we'll discuss how to find the optimum balance between these two considerations.
Choosing a Focal Length

An extension tube gives you the ability to focus on close-up subjects without having to invest in a macro lens. This lesson will show you how it's done.
Using an Extension Tube

While autofocus can be a very useful tool, with macro photography you may want to revert to manual focus, as will be discussed in this lesson.
Autofocus for Macro

A focusing rail can prove to be an invaluable tool in macro photography, both for focusing and for composition. This lesson will demonstrate the use of this helpful piece of equipment.
Using a Focusing Rail

Depth of field (DOF) is a significant consideration in macro photography, and the depth of field preview feature on many digital cameras can help you get a better sense of how much DOF you're achieving. You'll learn how to use this feature in this lesson.
Depth of Field Preview

The live view display available on many digital cameras enables you to get a better sense of the composition, work more comfortably, and even focus with greater precision, as you'll see in this lesson.
Using Live View

In this lesson we'll examine how you can use an articulating arm with a clamp attached to help with a variety of tasks in macro photography.
Getting a Helping Hand

When you are focused on small subjects, even the slightest movement can pose a challenge. In this lesson we'll consider some methods you can employ to help minimize movement caused by breezes.
Wind Blocking

In this lesson we'll explore the factors that affect exposure and consider some of the special issues related to exposure in macro photography.
Understanding Exposure

The ISO setting on your camera is always an important consideration, but as you'll see in this lesson, the ISO setting is especially important in macro photography.
Setting ISO

Due to the way macro lenses are designed, they tend to lose light in a way that will affect your exposure. In this lesson we'll address the concept of effective aperture as it relates to macro photography.
Understanding Effective Aperture

As you'll see in this lesson, a cable release can prove to be an incredibly helpful tool in macro photography for a variety of reasons.
Using a Cable Release
Supplementing the Light
4 Lectures 18:16
A reflector is a simple way to add a little bit of supplemental light to your macro photographs, as you'll see in this lesson.
Using a Reflector

This lesson will introduce the basic concepts involved in the use of flash with macro photography.
Incorporating Flash

Because macro photography often involves positioning the lens very close to the subject, bouncing the flash can often prove very helpful, as you'll see in this lesson.
Bouncing Flash

In this lesson we'll explore the use of flash units specifically designed for macro photography.
Using a Macro Flash
Composition for Macro Photography
8 Lectures 31:36
Macro photography requires you to look at your subjects in a unique way, and in this lesson we'll discuss some of the things you should keep in mind when looking for macro subjects.
Finding Subjects

In this lesson we'll consider the issue of angle to subject, which can be a particularly important one in macro photography.
Angle to Subject

When taking a closer look at your subjects, it is important to also think about the background behind them, as you'll see in this lesson.
Evaluating the Background

To really make a macro subject stand out, you can put it against a black background. In this lesson we'll take a look at some of the common methods of creating a black background.
Creating a Black Background

While we tend to emphasize crisp focus in macro photography, sometimes a blur effect can be fun and appealing. In this lesson we'll explore an approach to creative blurring in macro photography.
Creative Blurring

While we generally aim for a relatively deep depth of field in macro photography, sometimes a shallow depth of field can produce a great result, as you'll see in this lesson.
Shallow Depth of Field

In this lesson we'll explore the concept of producing images where it isn't immediately obvious what the subject is, with a focus instead on interesting shapes, colors, and textures.
Design Elements

Water droplets on a macro subject can provide an extra element of texture and interest. In this lesson we'll look at techniques for adding water droplets to a subject when nature doesn't provide them for you.
Misting a Subject
Expanding Depth of Field
3 Lectures 19:58
This lesson will demonstrate how to capture multiple photos of the same subject, each focused at a different point, in order to create a composite image with extended depth of field.
Capturing Multiple Images to Maximize Depth of Field

In this lesson you'll see how to use Photoshop to assemble a composite image with extended depth of field.
Composite Depth of Field with Auto-Blend

This lesson will explore how to use Helicon Focus software to create a composite image with extended depth of field.
Composite Depth of Field with Helicon Focus
Macro Projects
3 Lectures 16:23
In this lesson we'll work on photographing a rose that has a coating of water droplets, dealing with a variety of issues in order to achieve a great image.
Flower Subject (Rose)

This lesson will explore the unique challenges involved in photographing a spider web in the wild, complete with morning dew on the web.
Spider Web

In this lesson we'll focus our lens on a unique plant, incorporating flash to supplement the available light.
Unusual Plant
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