Macro Experiential Workshop

Macro.

We'll meet a Dudleys Bookstore and for those of you that haven't experimented with macro - I'll show you how to take pictures like this. It is the lips of an orchid. They are about 3mm high.

We'll set up two or three subjects to shoot. I'll bring an Orchid! I'll also bring the macro-photographer's best friend - the water spray bottle.

What do you need for Macro? If you have a DSLR you need either (1) a dedicated macro lens or (2) a macro extension tube that fits your camera and lens or (3) a reversal ring and a manual prime lens. 1 and 2 are good options, if a little expensive. 3 is cheap but more complicated.

You also need a good tripod. And you need to learn how to use your camera in manual mode (manual aperture, exposure and focus). To get pin-sharp images you also need to know how to switch off your image stabilization and to use the mirror-lock on the camera (that flips up the mirror a couple of seconds before opening the shutter to allow any vibrations to settle down). A cable or wireless shutter release comes in handy. Wow - a lot to remember, huh?

Once you take the photograph - you are a long way from being home-and-dry. I find that I always need to do a fair amount of post processing to get the most out of my macro pictures. Color balance, contrast and all the usual stuff.

If you have a point-and-shoot - don't feel left out. Many compacts have excellent macro capabilities. However, you still need a tripod and you should learn how to use the manual settings. In particular, read your manual and figure our how to switch off that darned image stabilization!

See you at Dudleys. Tom.

 

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Just came across this and thought you might appreciate this after this meetup. Some amazing macro images here: http://sjfinearts.com/galleries/macro/

    May 3, 2012

  • John S.

    Very Helpful - Thanks Robert & Tom

    April 17, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    As always, Bend Photographers Group members offered valuable tips and insights, adding to the (reliable) social pleasure of the event. It's wonderful to interact in a real 3D space with real flesh-and-blood enthusiasts (an excellent alternative to on-line interactions!). Thank you Robert Curzon, Tom Ryan and Dudley's Bookstore for making this happen!

    April 17, 2012

  • Todd S. M.

    No comment

    April 17, 2012

  • Charles S.

    I found this meeting to be surprisingly informative. We all had our various cameras in action and actively exploring each others vision and techniques. A very positive experience.

    April 17, 2012

  • Tom R.

    I hope the meeting was useful and enjoyable for everyone. I look forward to seeing all your photos of micro-macro things.

    April 17, 2012

  • Robert C.

    Hope they sell the Canon version. I would go brand name to match the camera, as well, if one is made by them.

    April 12, 2012

  • pamela a.

    Thanks for the help, Robert. I'll try right now to order the ring through Amazon using Prime service. I'll be ordering a Canon brand, I believe. Really looking forward to Monday's Meetup!

    April 12, 2012

  • Robert C.

    Pamela - I shoot Nikon, so can't help you with a loan of a ring.

    April 12, 2012

  • Robert C.

    If it's not a zoom but a fixed focal length, then it's a "prime" lens. Don't know what lens it is to answer the other part of the question. Can you manually change f/stop or not? That's ideal. If you order rings at Amazon in the next 17 hours from this post, you'll have it on Monday, IF the order is fulfilled/shipped by Amazon. PRIME is the service you're looking for. I should have mentioned that before. This Meetup didn't have much notice. Are you ordering a CANON product or another brand?

    April 12, 2012

  • pamela a.

    I am in need of advise...is my Canon 50mm f/1.8 considered a manual prime lens? Also, I am ordering a reversal ring, but it won't be here by Monday's Meetup...would someone have one I could borrow for the session?
    Thanks so much...
    Pamela

    April 12, 2012

  • Robert C.

    Used at BH Photo, from whom I've bought many things over the years. Heck, used to go in there with my dad in the 1950's! 27.5 mm extension tube, used, $59. http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/search?Ntt=nikon+pk&N=0&InitialSearch=yes&usedSearch=1
    If I didn't own a macro lens . . . . !

    April 11, 2012

  • Robert C.

    Two extension tubes are offered by Nikon - 14mm and 27.5mm. $135 and $140, respectively. Comments by Nikon follow.
    AI means Auto Indexing.
    "An AI NIKKOR will retain automatic diaphragm and meter coupling functions, letting you compose, focus and meter at a wide-open apertures."

    http://www.nikonusa.com/Nikon-Products/Product/Lens-CloseUp/2652/PK-12-Auto-Extension-Tube-AI-(14mm).html
    http://www.nikonusa.com/Nikon-Products/Product/Lens-CloseUp/2653/PK-13-Auto-Extension-Tube-AI-(27.5mm).html

    April 11, 2012

  • Tom R.

    Having described lens reversal rings in my last comment - I have to say that the simplest way to convert your DSLR for Macro is to buy an extension tube. This will cost about $140 for a Canon and I'm sure the Nikon is similar. Here's a link. http://www.amazon.com/Canon-Extension-Tube-Digital-Cameras/dp/B0000U1N38

    April 11, 2012

  • Tom R.

    A lens reversal ring is an inexpensive way to get into macro photography. You need a DSLR camera and a prime lens (i.e. a fixed focal length 50mm lens - with manual aperture and focus control). You can buy a reversal ring on Amazon. Note that you have to operate the camera in manual mode. Note that some modern will just not work with a manual lens. Here's a link to an article http://digital-photography-school.com/reverse-mounting-your-prime-lenses-for-affordable-macro-photography

    April 10, 2012

  • pamela a.

    Thank you for running such an informative group tonight! Could you tell me the name of the inexpensive lens idea you mentioned for macro?
    Thank you!
    Pamela

    April 10, 2012

  • Robert C.

    Hello Ed. We all missed you at tonight's gathering. You would have been part of the discussion to change the number of participants for macro, now that we're not meeting at my office. That was the constraint. I decided to meet at Dudley's, which gives us many more possibilities for locations and space. Please - come help!

    April 10, 2012

  • Ed E.

    Why can't we have more than 12 people if they are not participating and promise to stay out of the way and just observe? Buy more wine and coffee from the establishment!!!

    April 10, 2012

  • Ed E.

    I'm not signed up to participate but I could coach. I have fifty years of experience with macro/micro...

    April 10, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Happy to help with anything if needed. Let me know. ~ Tim

    April 1, 2012

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