Archive for the Macro tips Category

Tamron’s 24mm amazing close focus capabilities!

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Macro tips, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 25, 2019 by lilybug1960

Tamron’s 24mm amazing close focus capabilities.

One of the big benefits of the new series of Tamron lenses for the Sony full frame is its ability to focus very close, 4.7 inches to be exact. I know a lot of people, myself included, that like to do a close up of a flower and show it in the surrounding environment. Well this is your lens! I do a lot of my lens testing in my yard so I feel comfortable when I get into a great scene, I will know and feel confident with the gear, so I went out this morning to do some images of the leaves that have fallen beside the driveway. In this image I am about 8 inches away from the leaf that is sharpest, and when I say sharp, I mean super sharp. I have the tripod at ground level and tilted at about 45 degrees so even at f11 the depth of field isn’t going to be great, but definitely enough to show the surroundings. I will release a video in the next few days with the unboxing and showing how doing macro work takes on a fairly new realm.

Tamron 24mm f2.8 Di III OSD mirrorless lens on a Sony a7Riii, Manual Exposure mode, f11, ISO 50, shutter speed of 2 seconds, Sirui W2204 tripod, Acratech GXP ballhead, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron#Tamron#TamronUSA#TamronLensesUSA#TamronImageMaster#Tamron24mirrorless#SiruiUSA#Acratech#BearWoodsPhotography

In Camera Orton Effect Video

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Macro tips, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 9, 2019 by lilybug1960

In Camera Orton Effect video.
 
Here is the video demonstrating my in camera Orton Effect (sort of) to create that dreamy effect. I use it for macro work often to create mood. It was windy, but I was able to hopefully give you an idea of how to do the images. Don’t forget to give it a thumbs up if it helps, and please click the Subscribe button if you don’t already.
 
 
Tamron SP 90mm f2.8 Di VC USD 1:1 Macro lens on a Canon EOS RP camera, Manual Exposure mode, f2.8, ISO 100, shutter speed of 1/160th of a second, Sirui SR 3204 tripod and K30 head, Shimoda Explore 40 bag, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #Tamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Tamron90macro, #SiruiUSA, #ShimodaBags, #BearWoodsPhotography

Creating the Orton Effect for macro…in camera!

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Macro tips, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 7, 2019 by lilybug1960

Creating the Orton Effect for macro…in camera.
 
Photography is no different than society as a whole when it comes to trends and “what’s in”. HDR (High Dynamic Range) photography was “in” for a while, then out, now sort of in again, even though we all do HDR when we adjust highlights and sliders technically, but I am speaking about combining several images. One such trend seems to be the “Orton Effect” which now-a-days is done in post processing. It is an effect where you give the image a “glow” that makes it dreamy. I don’t use it much for landscapes, but I do occasionally use it for macro work. As a matter of fact I have been using it since the early 90s. I’m old school though, I don’t do it in post processing, I do it in the camera. John Shaw taught me the technique years ago.
 
How it works is you first have to use a camera capable of doing Multiple Exposures, I found out my Sony doesn’t do it. You set the camera to do 2 exposures and “average” the exposure. Shooting in Manual Mode around f4 or f5.6 is best. You do the first exposure with your subject being very sharp, then your second exposure slightly out of focus. When it blends them together…pow! You get this dreamy looking flower! I guess I will have to do a video on this effect as well? It is fun and easy to do, and one cool thing is your image is done when you upload it, no extra time on the computer! Experiment and play, the effect increases when you make your second image more blurry.
 
Tamron SP 90mm Di VC USD 1:1 Macro on a Canon EOS RP camera, Manual Exposure mode, f5.6, ISO 100, shutter speed of 1/100th of a second, Sirui SR 3204 tripod and K30 ballhead, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #Tamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Tamron90macro, #SiruiUSA, #BearWoodsPhotography

Focus Peaking for Macro Photography

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Macro tips, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 6, 2019 by lilybug1960

Focus Peaking for Macro Photography.
 
I have been using mirrorless cameras for many years, actually since the Olympus EPL-1, and am loving the new features added the past few years that make it even easier to focus. You have always had the ability to zoom in on the LCD screen to focus, but I use a technique often where I am forced to handhold the camera and lens. Focusing can be an issue, but I have found that using a feature, focus peaking, helps me to work easier, quicker and more accurately. I will pre-determine and size I want my subject to be in the frame and simply move the camera forward to back to get the image. It is an old technique I learned using film camera and shooting butterflies, but with focus peaking it is easier. Here is a video that demonstrates the technique for you. Speaking of videos, if you like the video, please give it a thumbs up, and Subscribe to my channel. Thanks.
 
 
Tamron SP 90mm f2.8 Di VC USD 1:1 Macro lens on a Sony a7Riii camera, Manual Exposure mode, f4, ISO 400, shutter speed of 1/250th of a second, handheld utilizing the Vibration Compensation feature of the lens, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #Tamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Tamron90macro, #BearWoodsPhotography

Another Grace Garden Daylily and my focusing technique

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Macro tips, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 4, 2019 by lilybug1960

Another Grace Garden Daylily, and my focusing technique.
 
I created plenty of images in Michigan and New York to post for a while, but probably will just post them for a few more days. This is another one of the images I made at Grace Gardens below Geneva, NY. I could have spent several more hours photographing the backside of the daylillies but we had work to do in the classroom and had to return to the school. As the light changed different lily were illuminated and offered more opportunities. Grace Gardens had so many different varieties, the compositions were endless. I chose to handhold the camera because often I was having to lean in to capture the image. That is one of the reasons I love mirrorless for macro work. Most of the newer models offer “focus peaking” which when viewing the LCD screen or looking through the viewfinder, the objects in focus will appear to have a brighter edge, in my case I selected that edge to appear red. You could choose yellow or white, but red is easiest to see for me. I pre-focus to a particular distance and then simply move the camera in and out until the area I want to be in focus to appear red, then release the shutter. Maybe I should do a video soon to highlight this technique, what do you think?
 
Tamron SP 90mm f2.8 Di VC USD 1:1 Macro lens on a Sony a7Riii via the Metabones adapter, Manual Exposure mode, f2.8, ISO 400, shutter speed of 1/1000th of as second, handheld, Vibration Compensation active, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #Tamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Tamron90macro, #PPSNYSWorkshop2019, #BearWoodsPhotography

Get Parallel for Macro

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Macro tips, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 28, 2019 by lilybug1960

Get Parallel for Macro.
This is a square crop from an image I did for the video link below. Often when doing macro work, people automatically go to f22 to get that maximum depth of field, but it isn’t always the right thing to do if there is even the slightest breeze. I know right away, I will get a comment or two, or fifty about focus stacking, but not all photographers do that. So how do you get a good depth of field without shooting at f22, and/or raising the ISO of the camera? Get your camera back parallel to your subject. This will give you the maximum depth of field, and often a much lower f-stop, in this case f8, reducing the chance for movement with a breeze. Although the breeze was slight, f11 and higher required slower shutter speeds and showed movement. For this image I wanted the top of the flower to be at its maximum sharpness, but not the petals of the flower. Give the video a look, if you like it, please give it a thumbs up, and if you can Subscribe to my YouTube Channel. I am going to be doing a lot more video content on tips and information.
Tamron SP 90mm f2.8 Di VC USD 1:1 Macro lens on a Canon EOS RP mirrorless camera via the Canon adapter, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 100, shutter speed of 1/10th of a second, Fotopro E6 Eagle Series Tripod and Gimbal head, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #Tamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Tamron90macro, #FotoproUSA, #FotoproEagleSeries, #BearWoodsPhotography

Polarization on Foliage

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Macro tips, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 23, 2019 by lilybug1960

Polarization on foliage.
 
In the video I did the other day while photographing waterlily there was no better example of what a CPL (Circular Polarizer) can do beyond this image. Our power is out this morning so I am tethering to the phone for this post, so I will post a link to the video and hopefully you will take a few minutes to watch it. You will truly see the advantages of using a CPL for foliage and water. As always, if you like the video, please give it a thumbs up, and Subscribe to my YouTube Channel. I am doing more video content with instructional information as well. If you are near Lawrenceville, GA this Wednesday, I will be presenting the Georgia Nature Photographers Association. The presentation is about preparing for trips and photographic competitions. Free and open to the Public.
 
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon Z6, Manual Exposure mode, f11, ISO 100, shutter speed of 1/6th of a second, Marumi 95mm CPL, Fotopro E6 Eagle Series Tripod and Gimbal head, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #Tamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Tamron150600g2, #FotoproUSA, #FotoproEagleSeries, #BearWoodsPhotography, #GibbsGardens