What is Macro Photography
As a macro photographer, I'm often asked, "Why do I shoot macro?" And there's a lot of reasons. Macro photography lets me see details that you can't see with the naked eye. We can present things in a new way. We can show things to people that they've never seen before. Whether you're looking at an insect up close, or a soap bubble, or common household items, everything looks different and, to me, more interesting when we get in close. I'm also asked, "What is macro photography?" Some people don't know at all, some people have an idea in their mind of what macro photography is. Technically, macro photography is magnifying something at a one to one ratio, your subject being one and your sensor size being one. Meaning, the size of your subject is the same size filling your sensor as it is in real life. To explain that a little further, a full frame camera has a 36 millimeter sensor, a Micro Four Thirds camera has an 18 millimeter sensor. And when we use a one to one magnification lens, yo...
ur 18 millimeter subject fills the entire 18 millimeter Micro Four Thirds sensor. With full frame, your 36 millimeter subject fills your entire 36 millimeter frame. So, technical explanation aside, macro photography is really showing things really close up. I'll even use a telephoto lens to get close to a subject that I can't get right up to but I still want it to be big and show those details of its design. Anything around you can be a great macro subject. You might reach in your kitchen cabinet for spices or cupcake sprinkles. You might look on your own wrist and photograph your watch. When you go outside, look for leaves, water droplets, grass, mushrooms. Everything has interest, it's up to you as the photographer to bring that interest to life. After you're comfortable shooting inanimate subjects, then, maybe, you want to move on to moving subjects. For me, that's where the real excitement is. I like to look for insects. Insects hide in the woods, they hide in our homes. They present themselves and present all sorts of interesting opportunities to photograph. But, when it comes to moving subjects, it's a little bit tricker.
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AFTER THIS CLASS YOU’LL BE ABLE TO:
- Understand Macro Photography and how to begin shooting it
- Know what gear to bring and how to set up your camera
- Find and approach your subjects, even the crawling/flying ones
- Fast post-processing techniques to keep you on the move
ABOUT CHRIS'S CLASS:
Take a closer look in this beginner’s guide to macro photography and insect photography. Chris McGinnis, will dive into the world of macro photography from understanding what it is to how to shoot it. He’ll explain how to search and capture a smaller world with just the use of your camera. He’ll dive into the behaviors of insects and their relationships to plant life so that you can capture amazing images from your backyard to national parks.
WHO THIS CLASS IS FOR:
- Macro Photographers
Adobe Lightroom CC 2019
ABOUT YOUR INSTRUCTOR:
Chris McGinnis is a graphic designer, photographer, and macro photography enthusiast based in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. He obtained his degree in graphic design from Moravian College and, after a stint in the publishing world, joined the creative department at Olympus America. Chris currently works as the Senior Manager of Creative Services and oversees all phases of Olympus’ graphic design, photography, and video production. When he purchased an OM-D E-M10 in 2014, Chris vowed to shoot (and share) at least one photo each day for an entire year. After 365 days shooting, sharing, and learning, he found himself more and more interested in the details. He bought a macro lens and has never looked back. As Chris ventured deeper into the world of macro, he soon shifted his efforts toward featuring the beauty, design, and intricacy of arthropods which often go unnoticed.