Video: Comprehensive Introduction to Macro Photography

Landscape photographer Tim Cooper is a name we just recently shared with you. Today, we’re sharing his work with you again, this time in the form of a presentation he shared at a B&H event earlier this year. In it, he gives a detailed look at the world of macro photography.

The presentation is a whopping hour-and-forty-five minutes long. In it, Cooper speaks through an incredible amount of detail in both information and tips. From the basics, such as what the equipment best suited for macro photography, to the more complicated aspects such as planes of focus and magnification ratios.

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Information like this doesn’t often come free, so toss this video in your queue and take notes. For more, you can head on over to Cooper’s website, as well as B&H’s YouTube Channel.

(via Picture Correct)

  • Alexandra G.

    Listen, I shoot macro all the time, the photo on the right is NOT f22!! Unless the lens is broken…
    THIS is f/22:

    Yes, sometimes focus stacking works…probably when you’re not shooting on a tripod; or when shooting bugs with the MP-E65. I shoot on a tripod all the time, IS is off, and I use the canon 100mm IS 2.8/tripod/cable release, and shoot at f22, and the images are tack sharp all over…in one shot.

    It just depends a lot on what you shoot, and how you’re shooting.
    He is also showing off images of plants you would find in a botanic garden…not many bring tripods there… I shoot all my macro’s on my desk, where there’s no wind bothering me….Really wish people “teaching” would be really “teaching!”

  • 1000nunsandorphans

    Not everyone shoots the same way. I wouldn’t think of shooting a macro shot of nature outside of its natural habitat (on a desk? Indoors?). To each his own. And why wouldn’t you bring a tripod to a botanical garden? That is the perfect place for one.

  • Alexandra G.

    I live in Florida where it’s 90+ degrees outside! Lots of tourists, and a lot of wind from the ocean; our botanic gardens are outdoors, and usually don’t have the flowers I would photograph. Not to mention other people knocking me all over with my tripod. Lots of rude people living here too.

    Then some of our dear botanic gardens don’t allow tripods at all, and have insane rules for photographers, and some close their doors at 5pm, and if you want to photograph there “after hours” they charge $299 and up.

    If you photograph something in it’s habitat, then the photo has to show the habitat too, otherwise it could have been in a vase. In macro photography the focus is on whatever you’re trying to bring up close…so, botanic garden stuff is not really a good candidate unless you have the plant(s) all to yourself at home to be able to “really” capture it. Macro is all about details.

    I shoot for very large prints. 40×60 large. The gardens we have here are a joke. I however, visited the Phipps Conservatory in Pittsburg, and it was beautiful, but also no room for tripods as it is a very popular destination there.