An Introduction To Macro Photography

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  1. Extension tubes are a great investment. You learn manual focus and dof, and save $500+! that $500 can get you a new Bicycle to help your journey. But yes eventually grow to a real macro lens is the goal!

  2. Good quality video. I'm impressed. And yes, with macro every millimeter of focal length counts. You really dont want to shove your lens up the frog's arse. Because the frog doesn't like that.

  3. I apreciate that you talk about the ethic. I think the respect for the subject or for the context is the first thing to consider. Great video! 🙂

  4. Good info, was curious about your approach but done well.

    Just not sure why you pronounce “die-fuser” vs “da-fuser”? Can’t be Canadian as I’m Canadian, lol.

  5. I just started doing macro photography. I love it. I am looking to create some really great shots. I can't afford a f:/2.0 or f:/2.1 lens as of yet so I shoot with a Sigma 70-300 macro f:4 lens. I am not sure of the ratio of this one. I am using a Nikon d610 full frame sensor though. Any tips would be greatly appreciated.

  6. Awesome video man. Hoping to buy my first macro lens in a few months and jump in and this was very helpful!

  7. Wow Neil, you've got a truly great channel and style, really educative and well presented. Thank you! Subscribed, of course 😉

  8. Just starting out in photography as a hobby, and have jumped straight in to macro as I think there is a whole level of different subjects to be explored. I found this video very informative and given me some useful advice. Especially your closing statement. Thank you.

  9. I have wanted to do macro photography since I was a kid, and now here at 45 finally getting to. Kid again. Lot of great information here, thanks.

  10. I think macro is such a misnomer. Shouldn't it be called Micro instead? Like in Macroeconomics vs Microeconomics… Thanks for the great video BTW!

  11. Extremely informative with superb production values.

    I loved the video of the subjects, but it would have been nice to see an exceptional macro still of each…

  12. I just started macro photography and am guilty of plucking grass etc. LOL! I won't do it again. But I did ask the grass to forgive me.

  13. I want to buy a macro lens, would you recommend buying a Canon 100M lens or a 90mm Tamron lens?

  14. very good video for macro beginners
    i really liked it
    and thanks for it
    but 2 things i want to say

    first , i think ethics are the most important part of all photography
    but when it comes to insects or small living things, it is much more important
    becouse you can kill an insect just by touching it, even gently
    thats why i think that would be better if that part was at the begining of the video

    second, yes the most common way to start shooting macro is getting a dedicated macro lens but there are some other cheaper and very effective ways as well, like reversing lenses or close up filters etc for beginners and for pros

    thanks for the video again,

  15. Hey Neil not sure if y’all see this comment but I just stumbled to your channel and I can tell you love and understanding micro photography. Recently I invested in a good micro lens for product photography(jewelry) but still working on camera settings and lighting to get the perfect shot. Do you have any recommendations how to execute this? Thanks and I just subscribed, great videos!

  16. Good video. I am just learning macro and it helped a lot. Also I'm glad you talked ethics. Needs doing more for all wildlife and nature photography

  17. Wow! I don't usually say this lightly. The quality of this tutorial is the top notch. All the concepts and ethics are covered with just enough details and core principles, no bullshit and fillers. This video will now become my highest standard of making any video tutorials, no matter the topics

  18. Nice informative and technical understanding Neil. i believe you are in BC, do you know anyone in Toronto to be with for Macro Photography learning?

  19. I have shot hundreds of covers and big ads. but getting tips on macro is an entirely new thing for me. love how short it is and how much you get in… note with tripod an extension in the form of say a book would help get the camera close. very goo data you have here. macro makes me feel like a beginner again….

  20. The is also a world of difference between taking macro shots in the field, and in the studio. If I am out doing wildlife photography, I usually have my 200-500 lens fitted. Even this lens allows me to get some great close up
    shots of insects, with a great depth of field.

  21. Very well thought, informative video, and I couldn't agree more with your ethics and respecting nature. One fun aspect of macro you didn't mention though, but may be for its constraints or mixed results, is the reverse macro trick. For the ones on a budget or wanting high magnification is reverse macro. More on that:  Let's say you have a X-brand/Canon/Nikon dslr of some kind and a cheap 50mm lens (or other, the wider equals bigger magnification – a 50mm on Fx will be 1/1 , a 24mm will give 3+/1 ratio), just buy the cheap adapter ring (reverse mounting ring- specific to each  filter thread size of lens used), mount your lens reverse on it , the whole on the camera and voila. Lot of fun but all manual though, no auto or manual focus there. Moving your body to the subject as the video explains is the key. Getting deeper in that method, there are ways to set a wanted aperture on modern lenses with the camera when later used in reverse mode (lens on camera mounted normally, set aperture manually, use AEL, remove the lens now set with aperture at given choice for use later in reverse mode), and the often cheap older lenses (think flea market find for 10 box) , praised in reverse macro because of this function, have a lens manual aperture ring allowing to easily manually set the aperture for each shot. Cherry on the cake, you can use extension tube on that system, increasing the maginifaction by the extension tube ratio (by the way, extension tubes are not extenders, they are cheap, just an empty piece of plastic). Well done it can bring other worldy images but good bye light, ease of focus and depth of field at this level… Thank you for your great, informative video and beautiful images.

  22. What a great video on macro photography…loved it! Watched it twice actually. Top-notch quality for those getting into photography and macro.

  23. Excellent data… great library 📚 to reflect upon ………… 👍✨ most IMPORTANTLY , THANKS FOR LOOKING OUT For the SMALLER LIFEFORMS ON THE PLANET 🌍

  24. Neil, I´d like to congratulate you on this video as it is extremely informative, easy to understand and of great beauty. I shoot with a Canon crop sensor (I have no plans to change to a full frame) and the world of macro photography intrigues me. I feel particularly drawn to insects . As I live in Colombia – one of the mose biodiverse countries on the planet, they are not exactly in short supply! I would like to ask you if , given the crop factor, the Canon EFS 60mm marcro lens has a long enough focal length for this purpose. Also, I have heard about the pros and cons of ring lights for macro phototography (some people say they produce a dull, one-dimencional result), and would again like to ask your opinion on this. Thanks in advance for taking the time to answer my questions.

  25. What an extremely well produced video. Great editing. Great shots in between. Very clear explanation. This was very engaging and a complete joy to watch.

  26. what a fantastic video it is a pitty there is very little frogs left because there
    are so beuatiful. you are 100 per cent that cutting grass or shribes just to get there perfect photo. try moving to one side, or moving a few inches to the left or the right. this will help to ballance of the forrest. this will help keep this natures ballance. if doing your photos will be great. and have a great day.

  27. Brilliant as usual! Well said regarding ethics. A love of nature and the joy of capturing it in images should automatically guarantee the photographer shows respect for his subject and leaves it totally undisturbed. Anything less should be completely unacceptable. I personally even worry regarding that short blast of flash? Is it so brief as not to be an issue? To a tiny insect it must be quite dramatic but I know I'm in a minority on this! Some fantastic advice in your video and very well explained. Thanks!

  28. Wow, best macro video i've seen on youtube so far! New sub! 🙂

    Question: I'm interested in the Sony 90mm 2.8 macro…but i've seen people using wide angle lenses on a reverse mount. Which would you prefer?

  29. Awesome video! Easy to understand, very straight foward and visually pleasing (besides the spiders but well thats my problem hahah)
    Also 10/10 pupper

  30. Extremely good video, covering many aspects of macro photography. A very important and neglected message at the end in terms of respecting the subject and the environment. I discovered your site by chance and am delighted I found you.

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