MacroWorld – Macro Photography Equipment Suggestions…Must See!



ideas imagination inspiration world is your host racecar I'm going to have the Award for another installment of macro world well those of you who followed me on my other channel visual art photography you know how I feel about camera gear essential yes but is it the most important element in your photography for me the answer is no to me the most important piece of equipment is between your two ears having said that if you don't have some kind of camera equipment you can't get out all of that creativity that is between your ears so today on macro world we're gonna take a look at some equipment that you could use to take some great macro photography now I'm not showing you every example of equipment that you can use for macro photography I'm going to show you what I use it doesn't mean it's the best way to do things it's just the way I do it it's one way there are many ways now for me I like using a macro lens now for some perhaps for budgetary reasons or just for preference they prefer to use something like a reversal ring and then use a regular lens and put it on the camera backwards and get in close that way where others may want to use some kind of a close-up filter on their lens all these things are fine it's totally up to you this is what I use so the first thing is I used 100 millimeter macro lens F 2.8 from Canon I say Canon because this is the equipment that I use is it better than something else no it's just my preferences what I it's the system that I bought in two years ago and I continue to to use all of the elements in the Canon system but you can be using Nikon or Sony or Panasonic or any number of other manufacturers and independent lens manufacturers all kinds of different things so that's neither here nor there but this gets me in close this gets me to life-size and I love that fact that I can use this and get Ian's life size but to show you the trip I took to get to this lens because I haven't had this lens for that long just for a couple of years what I was using was this lens which is a macro compact lens which got me to half life size great lens fabulous lens very clear no problems but I wanted to get a bit closer than just a life size so what I did was and this was many many years ago before you bought stuff online I went to the local camera store and I bought this which is an adapter specifically designed to go with this half life-size macro lens and this and this combined brought me to life size so it was a good solution for me and it fit my budget at the time as well now the thing is you have to get very very close to the subject to to get the life-size and what that was doing was if I was shooting something like insects or things like that I had to get really really close in it they just always moved away but for anything else that was static or anything it was very good it's sometimes compromised my lighting just a little bit but it wasn't really a major hassle and I was pretty comfortable with it but like I said a few years ago I decided you know something go the whole piece with this and there was a reason why I did that too and that's because life-size macro lens and this adapter works with this lens too and this brings this lens up to two times life-size so now I'm getting really close to my subject and of course things are very clear now another piece of equipment that I use for my macro photography you may want to use it to very economical extension twos these ones are from Kenko and the thing with this is that the you have contact elements and so on and so forth which is great so that you can get your your readings all of the readings that you need for your you know shutter speed and things like that but they come apart they come apart there's three different pieces here so I can use these at different settings and come up with all kinds of different things meaning that I can use this and get my photography to three times and sometimes even three and a half times the life-size fabulous stuff so I go from life-size to around three and a half times that is macro photography lots of fun but lighting can be an issue now to be honest with you a lot of my macro photography over the years has been with natural light just coming in from a window more recently I use a lot of studio lighting but it's not essential what sometimes you want to stop some action you're doing some insects or you just want the lighting flexibility and so you can use flash now for years when I did use flash I just used a regular flash often with a wire so that it was off camera flash but now I use a macro ring light and this is fantastic because you know something is really really flexible now this one particular one is from yongnuo you know obviously Canon has one too but this was a lot most expensive than the one from from Canada so I got this and it works great so that's an option very very solid too you know made very well actually surprisingly well for the price so if you like flash for your photography or you want to do some some stop action water things you know and drops and stuff like that it's a way to go oh yeah by the way before we go any further I'm just gonna go a few other things I was mentioning visual art photography off the top my other channel if you're interested in going to that for all kinds of different photography other than macro although there are some macro tutorials on there the link is down below okay so what's in here this looks promising doesn't it well it is because it is a table top tripod that can come in really really handy when you're doing tabletop work or even sometimes outside but I use that from time to time well this one's from Manfrotto and nice and solid you know metal ooh heavy and everything else and there's an extension on here so that you can have it stand higher and all kinds of different things so tabletop tripod can be very very good and very useful depending on what kind of macro photography you're doing and by the way I use a tripod for my macro photography almost exclusively a regular tripod unless I'm doing something outside and it does have to do with insects and removing I may you know try to jostle back-and-forth for focus and things like that and keep up with them just handheld but generally with my macro photography I use the tripod so a lot of people over the years have asked me ray do you use a focusing rail well here's the answer I have a focusing rail and I end up using it about 20 or 25 percent of the time the rest of the time I take my tripods and my camera and I kind of jockey back and forth and things like that but these can be really great if you need some precise work done now the thing with this one is it's by Manfrotto it's solid metal there's no plastic on it at all and it's fabulous but the thing is it only moves your camera front to back now that's good it even has a very fine feature on here where you can finally focus you can move your camera to basically where you want it then you can turn it and just get really really precise focusing that's great back and forth but all the latest focusing rails that I've seen not only have the front to back but they have to Sun the side to side and that's gotta be great and I honestly I've been thinking about getting one that goes from side to side as well but like I said I only really use this is about 20-25 percent at the time so probably not do without it's not a big deal now with the advent of the digital camera and the the screen on the back of the camera what I'm going to show you now is not necessary anymore but back in the days of film I used to use this right angle finder and this is a beautiful piece of equipment it really really is because what it does is it goes on to your viewfinder and if you're doing something down low you just peered down into it and it shows you the image at a right angle and it just makes photography wonderful but now of course like I said with the screen on the back and sometimes flip screens and everything like that it kind of is not necessary anymore but there it is no lots of other ways you can do macro photography never forget that obviously in macro photography focusing is super super critical but if you think is right and with all them all the megapixels that you know your camera sensor has if you can only get to say half life-size all right as an example but you really want it to be life-size take your picture make sure it's super well focused and then crop it in and getting closer and trust me no one will know the difference alright so that's a trick that you can use for your macro photography but focus it's critical okay so that's my setup that's the macro photography equipment that I use yours is probably very different if you're just new to photography you're just getting into the back we're talking maybe this will give you a little bit of an idea of where to start and as I mentioned close focusing filters reversal rings to put your lens on your camera backwards to get you in close and there's other techniques too all right so all's not lost if you don't have a large budget or if you're just starting out and you're not quite sure if you want to make the full commitment into macro photography there are ways to do it this is one way to do it you can build up over the years and so on and so forth try different things hope you enjoyed the presentation and until next time I'm ray Scott reminding you to shoot small and think big you

13 Replies to “MacroWorld – Macro Photography Equipment Suggestions…Must See!”

  1. Thanks, Ra. I've been an entomologist for 50 years and I find that my most useful resource is my library of text books – before I photograph any insect I read up all I can about it so I can decide what to convey in my picture.

  2. Thanks for your very informative macro presentation. Regarding your Yongnuo Ring Lite YN14EX: I have one, and when mounted on my Canon T2i, my T2i restricts the shutter speed to 1/200th or slower; I do understand this is because of "focal plane shutter cut off". I too like to shoot flying insects outside, however, being restricted to 1/200th or slower compromises the quality of the image due to movement blur. I do have a Canon 430EXII flash which has "high speed sync", but would like a ring lite with hss. Is there a work around using the YN14EX when shooting flying insects outside? Or am I obliged to get the Canon ring lite which does hss? Thanks, Bob

  3. Thanks for another great video Ray …… one thing worth mentioning is that using extension tubes limits the range of focus, often quite drastically …. I’m using an extension tube on a non macro lens …. gets me to almost 1:2, but need to position the tripod accurately or can’t focus…… wish I had bought a macro lens instead (though extra cost!)

  4. Thanks Ray, another great video. It’s great that you were able to keep some of your equipment from the years of film. You’re so right the key element to macro photography is focus, and as you know that DOF is very small.

  5. I got the Tamron 90mm 2.8. 1:1 for Christmas last year and I have put extension tubes on my wish list for next year, I may have to add the ring light to that list. Great channel, by the way!

  6. Hi Ray, unfortunately the only thing between my ears is an image of my mother in law drinking my cognac (LOL). I recently got a macro lens, its a 60mm 1:2 ratio (90mm equivalent in full frame) for my Fuji X-T2 and it works great, the 1:1 was a lot more money (double). I’m considering getting the ring light, sometimes it makes things easier. Have a great weekend and thank you for sharing.

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