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Choosing the Ideal Macro Lens Focal Length

What is the difference between the 60mm, 100mm and 150mm macro lens? 

If you’re looking to purchase a DSLR macro lens for the first time, it’s easy to get confused by the range that is available. To be considered as a macro lens, the lens must feature a 1:1 magnification, meaning that the object will be reproduced at its actual size on the sensor. depending on the practice you have, you’ll need different length of macro lenses. But let’s define what macro photography is.

What is Macro Photography?

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(Photo credit: Suren Manvelyan)

But first, what is macro photography? It’s pretty hard to define. We all have our own appreciation of the distance it should be to be considered macro. Usually people tend to call everything macro as long as it is a general close-up. It actually gathers 3 types of categories:

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Macro Photography Tutorial by French Photographer Cyril Verron

You’ve dreamed about it? Here it is! As I promised you while sharing Cyril Verron’s interview, you can find here the tutorial of one of Cyril’s most outstanding pictures. I want to thank Cyril for revealing some of his secrets and of course for the time he took to share his knowledge with us. So without any further due, let’s start now!

First, let’s see its EXIF data obtained with his Canon 5D II and Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Macro Lens and then I let Cyril explain everything  (Editor’s note: Translated from French, descendez tout en bas pour voir la version Francaise):

Focale lenght : 100mm
ISO : 100
Aperture : f/3.5
Speed : 1/320 sec

In the Field

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This is how the picture came out of the camera without any editing.

They’re quite common data so let’s get an in-depth analysis with Cyril himself:

“Draw the light” is a photograph that I took in April 2012. At this time, I was especially working and training on my compositions without my own personalized settings that I use henceforth, like the white balance or the color saturation. Continue reading Macro Photography Tutorial by French Photographer Cyril Verron

My Journey with a Wildlife and Macro Photographer – (Part 2: Creativity and Philosophy)

As you’ve probably read the first part of “My Journey with a Wildlife and Macro Photographer” I will jump right away to the second part of this fabulous experience. If you have not read the first part, you can read it here. After reading this part, I also recommend going back to the first part to see the image samples again with their captions so that you can understand better the explanations.

“Once Upon a Time” |75mm; f/5.6; 1/4000 sec; 800 ISO | High-key picture. I used the white wall behind to have this high-key image.

The Creative Art Philosophy

I see eye to eye with Thomas’ photography philosophy, I mean, even before meeting him I’ve always loved and found the artistic
photographs appealing. It has just consolidated my vision. The purpose is not to take naturalistic pictures where you can identify the species, see how the insect’s eyes are made or it’s little hair. The purpose is more about artistic and fine art photographs. In order to reach this goal, the first thing is not to take big close-ups but on the contrary the environment where the subject evolves must have a bigger impact. Having the subject quite small in the photographs is not a problem, it’s actually the contrary.

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My Journey with a Wildlife and Macro Photographer – (Part 1: The Discovery)

Do you remember Thomas DelahayeI interviewed him this past September and even spent two mornings with him shooting what he does best, butterflies. I wanted to understand how he could take those wonderful and very artistic pictures.  Here I’m about to tell you my journey with a pro photographer.

The Meeting Spot

Thomas set the “rendez-vous” very early, he said “If we want the best possible light and quiet butterflies, we have to arrive at my spot at dawn”. I was ready to go, “Sure! Whatever we need to do, I want to discover how you work”.

“Once Upon a Time” |90mm; f/2.8; 1/4000 sec; 100 ISO | It’s not the sun, nor the moon, but a flashlight. I set my camera on the spot metering mode. You sometimes have to find tricks to be creative. Check out my article about how to shoot silhouettes.

The spot is located nearby the castle of Fontainebleau, about 40 miles (70km) away from Paris, France. As we were supposed to meet Continue reading My Journey with a Wildlife and Macro Photographer – (Part 1: The Discovery)

Macro Photography with Thomas Delahaye

Thomas Delahaye is not the kind of photographer who does macro and wild-life photography in a naturalistic way. He has an amazing eye to see the perspectives and catch the subject with his artistic vision, even if he has to place himself in original position to create his photographs. 😉

Thomas finding the perfect perpective…

iLHP: Hi Thomas, I’m really glad to finally ask you some questions to know you more and know more about your art.  You’re kind of a mentor for me considering macro and wild-life photography. What you do is amazing. I’ve got the chance to follow you twice during a photo shoot session at dawn in the forest and see a little bit how you work. Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

Thomas: Alright, first, thanks a lot for the compliments! I’m 32 years old, I’ve been giving guitar tutoring for about 8 years now in Paris but I want to dedicate more time on photography from now on. I’m very passionate about nature in general especially mountain environments!

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“Sous Les Feux de la Rampe” | Canon 5D mIII 100mm macro f/2.8 L IS USM –> f/4, 1/2500 sec, 640 ISO

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