“Getting Started” Weeks 5 & 6 Photography Workshop
23 Apr 2018
On Wednesday 7th March, it was absolutely pouring with rain and luckily I had put a bunch of daffodils in the car, in the unfortunate circumstances that we needed to stay inside. I am so glad that I did and in the end, we had a really great class. Our aim was to use either a macro lens – maybe a 60mm macro or 100mm macro – or to use one of our other lenses, to achieve macro/close-up photos of our subject. Those people using a telephoto lens – maybe a 70-300mm, found that the ‘closest focusing distance’ with their lens was about 1 meter whereas, with the 60mm macro, one needed to be about 25cm away from the subject. Every lens has a closest focusing distance and this is often marked on the lens. Once this was established, the camera was mounted onto a tripod and the shot composed. We were seeing what the biggest view of the subject would be with the particular lens we were using. When shooting macro shots, a wide aperture such as f/2.8 produces images where only a tiny bit of the subject is sharp and the results are considered ‘artistic’. If you use a narrow aperture of say f/22, then much more of your subject will be sharp.
We hope you enjoy these photos – with spring well on its way, why not get out and take some close-up shots yourself.
This week we were practising Macro, I wasn’t using a macro lens just the macro setting on my camera. As the weather was so wet we were in the shop, I was aiming to get a close up shot with sharpness throughout and here is my effort.
Flowers & Insects – 6×6 template layout
I didn’t have my laptop in class and so to prove that I was able to create a layout grid, I shoes to create the 6×6 grid and inserted photos I had taken of flowers. I thought it worked well to leave some spaces empty.
Look at Me!
Having struggled to take photographs in the classroom using my 60mm macro lens, we were then let loose in the brilliant Pensthorpe Gift Shop. The lighting and the displays made my task a lot easier. This is one of the lovely little glass figurines in the toy section of the shop. Camera settings were f2.8, 1/400 with an ISO of 12800.
Many eyes of the cat – 3×3 template layout
In class, we have been experimenting with ways to present our images and one way was to create a 3×3 template into which we could insert 9 square photos. When we were learning this skill, I thought it would be good to experiment with the photos I had taken in the shop of this cat.
I took this photo whilst practising macro photography. I used an aperture of 5.6 to create a shallow depth of field and focused on the left eye of the sculpture to really pick up detail. As I was working inside I increased ISO to 8000 to ensure a sufficient light under the artificial lighting of the shop. I used my 16-50mm lens and the focal length of this image is 41mm. I am very pleased with how sharp the detail of the eye is with the softer focus of the rest of the face as a contrast.
Pencils in close-up
For my close up of the green pencils displayed in the shop at Pensthorpe, I used a Canon EOS 760D plus Canon Macro 100mm 2.8, no editing was done although I should have stood back further, as it doesn’t appear fully sharp. The readings came out as 1/160, F2.8 and ISO 2500.