Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Temporary Alternative to a Macro Lens

The Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS Macro lens is on my wish list. Yep, there are a lot of things on my wish list. But, for now, my priority is on getting an everyday lens, one that I can use extensively for portraiture and my daily photo requirement. So, the macro lens would have to take a back seat for now.

So, how do I tide the need for a true macro lens?

From David A. Ziser's book, Captured by the Light, a great book for wedding and portrait photography I should add, I got the idea of not putting the camera on a portrait orientation when my external flash is on the camera (The section in the book that I am referring to is "Shadow Problems with On- and Off-Camera Flash.). You have a lesser number of options for bounce flash if the camera is on portrait orientation. So, instead of getting the picture vertically, David suggested to get the shot horizontally and just crop the picture in post. With the large pixel count in current camera models, you will still be left with a lot to work with even if you crop the picture.

So, this made me think: right now, I'd like to get an all-around portrait lens first before I start thinking about  getting a macro lens. But since I get 18 megapixels worth of image with my 7D, I'd still be able to get a decent picture if I crop a certain shot tightly! So, I set out getting shots of flowers and insects with this in mind.

According to Adobe Bridge, the picture above is 14.4 x 21.6 inches. That's a large picture! But, if I cropped tightly I'd still be able to get a decent shot that can be compared to a macro shot and still be able to print an 8x8 inch picture. You be the judge:

I know it is not the same as getting a shot of the eyes of the insect but this will tide me over until I get a true macro lens.

1 comment:

  1. I love to see photographers figuring out how they can get the shots that they want without going right for the most expensive gear that we all really want (but only some of us are lucky to afford haha).

    There are various options to create macro photography without the dream macro lens. If you do it right, you get the shot. Heck I've managed to get a favorite macro shot or two out of an old point and shoot.



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