Experimenting With Macro Photography

In an effort to learn the skills of macro photography, I recently downloaded a PDF book dubbed, “Up Close” authored by Andrew S. Gibson (Craft & Vision).  The book does a decent job in describing the different techniques used by photographers to take macro shots.  After reading a few chapters of the book, I felt bold enough to start experimenting with this genre of photography.

The experiment consisted in taking a shot of three Christmas balls resting on a soft red tissue paper on the surface of a glass table.  I placed a diffused oyster white light under the glass to light up the balls and create an artistic look.  The shot was taken at night in an effort to capture the bright red reflections of the tissue paper.

I.  Gear Used

  • DSLR Canon EOS Rebel T2i camera
  • Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II prime lens
  • Neewer LED ring flash
  • Manfrotto tripod
  • Vivitar Series 1 Close-Up lens +4 – 52mm

II.  Resources

  • Soft red tissue paper
  • Glass table
  • Three plastic golden-colored Christmas balls
  • Aluminum foil hand-made reflector

III. Images of Resources

Snapshot of a small piece of red tissue paper to create the lighting of the night scene. Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.
Snapshot of a transparent plastic box containing six Christmas balls. I only used three of them which would not excessively reflect light. I wanted to avoid overly gloss as much as possible to create a soft magic mood. Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.
This is the Neewer LED light ring flash I used to illuminate the scene, together with an oyster white diffuser to create a soft magic mood. Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.

IV.  End Result of the Close-Up Photography Experiment

Photograph of two magic golden Christmas balls. Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.

I encourage you to go out and experiment with your gear—it’s lots of fun.  Good Day.


4 thoughts on “Experimenting With Macro Photography”

    1. Morning Barbara,

      Yeah, I’m becoming a magician with lights, balls, crystal tables and what have you. 🙂 You can do it too, Barbara. Deep inside we all have magic powers, all we have to do is bring them to the surface.

      I’m glad you enjoyed the macro photography experiment.



  1. What a wonderful photo. I’m properly impressed, let me tell you. I do have one question – which is the “oyster white diffuser”? Is that the yellow ring around the flash?

    1. I changed the color of the diffuser to take the shot. The one in the picture has a yellow pigmentation. To take the shot I changed it to a soft oyster white diffuser. It did its job well.

      The ring around the LED flash is the light diffuser.

      Thank you for your positive comments.

      Best Regards,


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