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
- Soft red tissue paper
- Glass table
- Three plastic golden-colored Christmas balls
- Aluminum foil hand-made reflector
III. Images of Resources
IV. End Result of the Close-Up Photography Experiment
I encourage you to go out and experiment with your gear—it’s lots of fun. Good Day.