Macro tutorials

Discussion in 'Sony Alpha E-Mount News and Rumors' started by christian, Aug 20, 2014.

  1. christian

    christian TalkEmount Veteran

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    Hi everyone,

    As some already know, I now participate to a new online magazine called ilovehatephotography (iLHP) http://ilovehatephoto.com
    I received very nice comments from you guys lately and thank you very much for that! I noticed some of you were interested in my macros so I wrote a specific article about "artful droplets on flower petals" but there are other articles I already wrote about macro-photography and some more will come.

    http://ilovehatephoto.com/2014/08/20/how-to-shoot-artful-droplets-on-flower-petals/

    Of course this is not the only thing on this website as we are 4 photographers to write about each one's speciality. You will also find professionnals interviews and more.
    For those who are interested in macro photography, I will interview Thomas Delahaye with whom I have done a photo shoot last june and another one in september.

    So don't hesitate to take a little tour and stay tuned!

    Also, follow us on Facebook ( https://www.facebook.com/ilovehatephoto?ref=bookmarks ), Instagram ( http://instagram.com/ilovehatephoto ) and our Flickr group ( https://www.flickr.com/groups/ilovehatephotography/ )

    Hope you will enjoy and tell me guys what you think of these articles! :D We need your opinion!!
     
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  2. WoodWorks

    WoodWorks Super Moderator

    Dec 12, 2012
    Ashland, OR, USA
    David
    Thanks Christian! I picked up a couple of macro tubes recently, but haven't yet had the chance to use them. Your tutorial may just spur me into action.
     
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  3. christian

    christian TalkEmount Veteran

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  4. NickCyprus

    NickCyprus Super Moderator

    Oct 11, 2012
    Cyprus
    Nick
    Exactly this ^^


    ...except I'm ordering the extension tubes soon....and the Sigma 60mm :D


    Christian, I have to say that your work has inspired me to try macro photography and would like once again to thank you not only for the great photos but the excellent tutorial as well :thumbup:
     
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  5. christian

    christian TalkEmount Veteran

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    Thank you very much Nick! It's very nice to hear!:D
    I don't know if this Sigma 60mm and extension tubes combo is the best one, most likely not, but it ends up with pretty good results. For people who can't spend a lot, or just don't want to spend too much for macro photography, it might be one of the best combo for sure. I can't think of anything else as cheap AND new. But if you have unlimited budget, then the Canon 100mm f/2.8 L IS USM is for sure one of the best lens for this work. But it costs $1000. There is also a macro 150mm f/2.8 OS from Sigma that's amazing from what I heard. But for these, you either have to buy adapters or buy a FF 5D III HA HA HA
     
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  6. christian

    christian TalkEmount Veteran

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    I also wanted to say that Edward, the founder of iLHP, is a former Canon 5D mark II shooter and switched a few months ago to a wonderful Sony A7! He wrote articles about it. He also wrote articles about the "right portrait lens?" and some legacy lenses reviews. I'm sure you guys will love them.
    http://ilovehatephoto.com/2014/05/13/goodbye-canon-5d-mark-ii-hello-sony-a7/
    http://ilovehatephoto.com/2014/06/17/choosing-the-right-75-85-90mm-portrait-lens-for-the-sony-a7/
    http://ilovehatephoto.com/2014/07/02/how-to-shoot-like-terry-richardson-part-1-the-look/

    Alyssa is another photographer sharing this experience with us, she's specialized in city night landscapes. What she does is also great!
    http://ilovehatephoto.com/2014/07/09/my-introduction-life-through-my-lens/
    http://ilovehatephoto.com/2014/08/14/walking-on-rooftops-the-beginning/
    http://ilovehatephoto.com/2014/07/16/6-tips-to-achieve-better-architectural-photography/
     
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  7. christian

    christian TalkEmount Veteran

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  8. xXx1

    xXx1 TalkEmount All-Pro

    Jan 15, 2013
    The best 100mm macro is probably Zeiss.100mm/2.0. Costs about 2000 USD.

    Interesting article about macro lenses is here:
    http://www.techradar.com/news/photography-video-capture/cameras/best-macro-lens-8-tested-1041461

    I got my extension tubes Thursday and they work very well with Sigma 60mm. I try to find 46mm->49mm adapter today so I test it with my ring light.

    One major point with extension tubes and Sigma 60mm is portability. Extension tubes weight only few tens of grams and I am able to carry these with me always. If I am successful at making a suitable flash diffuser for Tumax DSL288AF-SA I can have a complete macro setup always with me. Unfortunately weather is lousy (rains, not completely bad thing as I planted 12 apple trees Friday) and I am in flu and really busy at work.
     
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