Studio: Macro Photography

In last night’s studio session we practiced macro photography. In the case of us DSLR users, that meant adding extension tubes between our lenses and camera bodies. These extension tubes have no optics in them, but do contain electronics to allow for metering and aperture control.

One of my friends allowed their pendant to be used for the macro session, and the teacher set it up suspended between two blocks over a mirror, with two powerful but small fibre-optic macro lights providing illumination.  The difference between shooting without and with the macro extension tube in place is quite dramatic:

The image on the left was taken with my 50mm f/1.4 prime at its closest possible focussing distance.  The image on the right was taken with the same lens, but with an EF25 II macro tube in place between the lens and the camera body!

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~ by Q on May 1, 2009.

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