Macro MOSS with water droplets! | Macro Photography Tutorial

Hi guys, i’m Ben from Adaptalux and welcome
to another macro photography tutorial today we are going to be getting some really close
up shots of moss so stick around and we will get started. So moss this subject was actually suggested
by Sam the creator and founder of Adaptalux and he said to me you should shoot some moss
and i was thinking is moss really that interesting? turns out it really is. i’ve already shot a couple of pictures of
this little piece of moss here and it can get really really interesting when you get
nice and close up there and that’s exactly what we will be doing. Now usually we shoot on a 90mm Tamron lens
which is quite far out but what we are shooting on today is a reversed lens setup and ill
show you that in just a sec but for now i just want to show you the setup that we are
using to shoot these moss pictures. This setup couldn’t be much simpler really
we’ve got the camera sat here on a mini tripod we’ve got the Adaptalux Studio for our lighting
sat on a mini tripod as well and then we’ve got our piece of moss in the middle here,
I’ve raised it up on an upturned bowl just to raise it up to a similar level to the camera
so that we can shoot across and this is going to make all of those stalks and things look
like we’re in some sort of alien or enchanted forest or something like that. so that’s going to be really interesting to
be shooting across into the moss the other thing that I’ve got is a little spray bottle
just with some water in it and this is going to make some nice little water drops on the
different pieces of the moss when we get up close so that’s going to be really interesting
to experiment with and obviously things are going to get wet so make sure you have some
paper towels around to dry everything up. now lets take a look at this lens. So i’m not going to be doing a full breakdown
of how to reverse lenses that’s a topic for another time but i will show you the setup
that i’m using today which consists of a reversed 50mm lens. So this is just a normal 50mm lens and what
i’ve done here in preparation for putting a couple of adaptors on here is strap down
the aperture pin just here and what this does is allow us to still have control over our
aperture even though this control surface isn’t attached to the camera any more so you
will see that if i hold this pin down i can still manipulate our aperture inside the lens
there but if i let go of that its going to force its self open and then you cant control
the aperture at all so the first thing you are going to need to do is to find this pin
and hold it down in some way. i’m just using an elastic band wrapped around
you can blu-tac it or get some sticky tape something like that will do fine to hold that
little pin in place whilst you reverse your lend. now to reverse our lens we are going to need
a reversing ring now this just screws on to the thread at the front of your lens that’s
normally reserved for things like filters and then onto the front of that thread you
then attach your camera adaptor. so this is an extension tube with an adaptor
on the front of is, so this is a Nikon style adaptor and that then means that we can attach
this onto our camera body and what we have then got is a 50mm lens flipped around so
when it was a normal lens it would have been making big things small onto the camera sensor
and now we are going to be able to make small things big onto the camera sensor using the
opposite method of how lenses work. so thats a really quick rundown of how i have
reversed these lenses theres a couple of different methods of more or less extension tubes its
all really cheap, its much cheaper than buying a dedicated macro lens and often you can get
just as good results and often you can get even closer as well. so that’s what we are going to be doing today
i’m going to set up this camera again and then we can take a look through the viewfinder
and see just how close this lens setup actually gets us. with a pretty simple setup like this
that’s basically all there is to talk about. we’ve got out moss here with those nice little
stems, we’ve got out lighting and i’m just going to plug in a single white lighting arm
now this is a lighting arm-S so its pretty bright and i’m going to bring it in nice and
close onto our moss and then we’ve got our reversed lens on our camera and i’m just going
to hit record here and see exactly how close in this shot is so we can see there that we’ve
got a really really zoomed in view of our moss now you can of course freehand this and
go exploring inside this moss its almost like a forest in its self when you get this close
you can get down nice and low and go for the small grassy areas or focus in on those stems,
now i really like the look of these stems and the way that they hang down they almost
look sort of like and alien landscape. so that’s what i’m going to be doing i’m going
to be exploring around this moss, moving the subject around a bit moving the lighting around
so that we can get different perspectives on shadows falling on all of these different
stems and of course i’m going to be exploring all of these little areas around our subject
and you can see that i’ve already popped some water droplets here on some of these stems
and that’s just using our spray bottle you can just spray a couple of spritzes and then
you’ve got some nice interesting water droplets to capture as well on the this is
a pretty random way of doing it you can be more precise with a pipette dropper or syringe
if you’ve got something like that you would be able to very precisely drop some water
droplets down on here and of course if you’re just shooting outside you can just wait until
it rains and it will do it naturally for you but shooting in your own home at your own
leisure and comfort, its kind of cheating to use a spray bottle but it really does add
some interesting little features into the already really interesting mossy landscape. so while we are talking about the water droplets
and our lighting you will notice as you explore around, if you’ve got water droplets in the
background out of focus which it will be with a lens setup like this it will be quite a
shallow depth of field you will notice that the light catching on those water droplets
will make some really nice bokeh effects in the background and those are really nice to
pick up on so you will also notice that moving the lighting around to the sides or to the
front will change how the light falls on the water droplets that are in the foreground
as well so definitely experiment with where your lighting is going to be sat because it
can make all the difference for the foreground and the background i’m going to get started
shooting now moving our subject around like normal moving the lighting around and experimenting
with that, maybe adding a couple more lighting arms and maybe even a couple of different
colours as well just to get some dramatic effects shining through our little piece of
moss and i’m also going to be using our spray bottle quite liberally you would be surprised
how fast the moss actually absorbs the water so you don’t need to be too sparing with it,
after a couple of minutes all of these water droplets will have been absorbed especially
if you have a particularly dry piece of moss like mine so i’m going to just go nuts and
see what i can get.I wanted to stop here for just one second and show you exactly what
I’ve done here so you can see that we have got more lighting arms plugged in. I’ve got a green a red and a white all plugged
in here now and there is a reason for this its because i wanted to illuminate the background
and have some separation between the foreground and the background our foreground is some
water droplets on some of those stems and they look really nice and the light shines
through those water droplets so I’ve illuminated the background with red which gives it a really
interesting surreal feel almost like a forest fire or something like that in this enchanted
jungle that is our moss. so i really like that look. I’ve also brought a green lighting arm in
down from the top just to really make the green on those stems pop a little bit more
and have a green catch-light in the water droplets as well. our main light is still the white lighting
arm coming around the front so we have still got that representative green of the moss
its self but overall i really like this little lighting setup and it only took about 5 minutes
to figure out and put together and its got some really cool images out of it so when
Sam suggested moss to be a really cool macro photography subject I was a bit sceptical
but i am sold this is a really cool little subject that you guys can try out at home
with very little effort the setup is really simple you have you spray bottle and your
lighting and its just about exploring this weird and wonderful self contained little
alien landscape that is a piece of moss. so i’m surprised but i’m sure a lot of you guys
wont be let us know down in the comments what you think to today’s shoot give the video
a like if you enjoyed it and make sure to go and check out our other macro photography
tutorials where we go exploring with bubbles and our latest UV video was really interesting
as well so check those out and subscribe for more macro photography tutorials ideas and
inspiration in the future. until then though guys, thanks for watching
and ill see you next time!.

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36 thoughts on “Macro MOSS with water droplets! | Macro Photography Tutorial

  1. Fantastic really good, the macro photography is another world in did.. nice video again, I like it a lot.. nice job, #adaptalux

  2. I like it, but will have to do my own DIY lighting on the cheap …….. those lights of yours are nice for sure – but only for those with very deep pockets !

  3. Keep it up, brother. You are actually doing a very good job! Love your way of explaining every single bit of the set up..

  4. I love how you explain things. I'm a novice photographer I love macro photography. I guess that's were I'm starting off at if you want to see some examples here's a link to some in one of my videos
    .overcast films. Thank you, you got me started on an amazing journey.

  5. I have shot some macro on mosses early last winter here in India, and that was when, I came to know that they bore these seedy things. Really good macro experience that, all in outdoor natural lighting scene though. Wish i could show you a few here !!

  6. I really love photography but can't afford to buy dslr camera even if those second hand one it's so much expensive here in the philippines.

  7. Very interesting. Nicely explained and illustrated. I'm new to this and though l have new slr l am still preferring my bridge cameras at the moment. Many thanks. Liked and subscribed

  8. Nice work and very clever. I am curious about your lighting set up. Can you tell me the name of it and where you bought it….? Thank you.

  9. Great vid, excellent learning opportunity. I use Nikon D750, i do have 50 mm lense, I am able to find
    FotodioX 52mm Reverse Mount Macro Adapter Ring for Nikon F-Mount Cameras in B&H, however i couldn;t find the extension tube you showed in your video. Could you please give some details on it. Thanks. BN

  10. Hello, what's the name of the lighting?
    with the 5 flexible arms, is there any at Amazone?
    Dieter from Germany says thank you

  11. Sorry chaps, but I reckon setting up indoors, like you do, is cheating or anti-climactic for me.

    I've been shooting "macro" of moss, and dew or rain, in London, where the moss, I find, for example, growing on brickwork. Droplets or shooting through droplets is fantastic capture of immediate surroundings.

    Anyway, not meaning to rain on your parade…happy shooting.

  12. Great tip about holding the aperture with a rubber band! I definatly going to try it. Greetings from the Netherlands.

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