Chris Marquardt and Macro Photography

Episode 1769 (1:07:54)

Chris Marquardt

Chris Marquardt joins Leo to talk about Macro Photography. Macro is essentially taking an image extremely close up, where the small image is essentially full size in the frame. Macro usually is accompanied by a very shallow depth of field.  Do you need a special lens for close up photography? Well, not really. You can take it with your smartphone. But there are some issues. The first is light. You have to get so close that you become your own shadow source. Many close up photographers get a dedicated ring light to illuminate the subject. Chris says the same thing can be accomplished using a translucent white plastic cup and cutting a hole in it. Then place that over your subject to illuminate the subject with ambient light. 

On a DSLR, you can also use an extension ring to extend the focal length on your lens when you don't have a dedicated macro lens to shoot with. You can also get a retro adapter that can mount your lens backwards and turn it into a close-up lens. But here's another trick ... you can create a water drop macro lens. Take a little drop of water on a waterproof smartphone lens, and surface tension will turn it into a lens. But make sure your smartphone is waterproof.

Visual examples at

Our next photo assignment is - WIERD. Take a photo of, about or otherwise concerning the concept of "WIERD and then post it to the Tech Guy Group on Flickr. Make sure to tag it with the word "TGWIERD" as well! And if Chris likes it, it could end up on next month's photo contest review segment!

And don't forget to check out Chris' new one on one photography workshop, Photo Sensei.