Macro photography – 365 Days Photo project – Day 17

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Posted on June 10, 2015


Can you guess what’s in the image above? Yup, that’s crystal sugar!

Macro photography is something that I don’t do very often, but today I learned it produces some fascinating results!

The problem with macro photography is nailing the focus right and adequate lighting. I used my old Pentacon 50mm lens, with the largest extension tube I had, so I could get as close as possible to the object. Even with the aperture set at f22, depth of field was so shallow, probably just a couple of millimeters, so the slightest move of the camera resulted in out of focus image. I had Yongnuo YN-560III flash mounted on the camera, with the O-Flash Ring Flash Adapter, which helped to light the objects nice and even.

Rice and tobacco were laid on the piece of white paper. However, sugar was on the black table, hence the more details in the shadows of the pic. Shutter speed was set on 1/200 of the second, and ISO was set on 100.

You’ll find two more images below and for more details on the camera setup, check the last pic!


Rice grains

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Rice macro shot



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Tobacco macro shot


How I made the shot (an iPhone pic, sorry for bad quality)

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Macro photography, the BTS photo.

About the Author

Fran is into photography and motion pictures. He makes music videos, lifestyle documentaries, visual effects and motion graphics. Fran currently lives and works in Zagreb, but he often also finds himself on the road accompanied by his camera.