Close-up photography (or macro photography) gives us a scientific view of the world around us. In this first installment, photographer Bill Fortney takes you through the basics of macro photography, the equipment to use, and some of the techniques needed to get as close up as you want to get. In later courses, Bill gets more in-depth but this installment serves as a great overview for beginners or a perfect refresher with plenty of tips for more experienced macro photographers.
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Meet Bill Fortney and the people who influenced him.
An overview on the principles/ratios of macro photography.
Learn the difference between a tight shot and a true close-up. Plus, Bill goes over the equipment he uses to get his shots.
Bill starts off with a 2:1 shot, discusses manual focus and takes you through the shot with each lens and extension tubes.
Bill demonstrates the minutiae of the depth of field he works in by photographing a ruler.
Light your subjects with simple equipment such as a desk lamp, one flash, or a flashlight.
Bill shares some important advice and a few tips he's picked up along the way to help you get the best shot possible.
Bill shows you how to take great macro shots with a point and shoot, some lens filters, a rather inexpensive, older lens, and even a lens mounted backwards.
Bill is one of America's premier photographer's specializing in Landscape, close-up, nature, Americana, and travel. In his 44 year career, Bill has been a High School teacher and football coach,…