When shooting jewelry, models, or flowers, the focus is on “small”. Speaking of “small”, you may think of macro lenses for the first time. That’s right, macro shooting of small objects is very beneficial. The macro angle of view is more special, which can often bring impactful pictures to the viewer. But in order to make our pictures stand out, a reasonable lighting is particularly important.
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For lighting small objects, we need to shape its three-dimensionality. If only one light source is used for shooting, the resulting shadows will make the three-dimensional perception not obvious enough. We can use two lights to arrange the light, a hard light as the main light, and then set a soft light at an appropriate oblique angle as an auxiliary light source. This will not only help us to eliminate the shadows produced by a single light source, but also prevent some small objects that easily reflect light from affecting the picture.
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Photographers can choose the Nikon R1CI close-up flash set for shooting. The combination of Nikon Creative Lighting System, wireless flash controller SU-800 and wireless remote flash SB-R200 can easily achieve wireless flash close-up photography. Through flexible combinations, the photographer can remove shadows and highlight the subject through side lighting. Take the photo of ladybugs as an example. One flash is installed in the front of the lens and the other is handheld for shooting. The SB-R200 is installed on the front of the lens to render the ladybug’s colors beautifully, while holding a SB-R200 from the left side as auxiliary lighting to highlight the ladybug body by eliminating unnecessary shadows.
When shooting, we can choose to use a small aperture to shoot, which effectively helps us control the depth of field, allowing small objects to show the whole picture while obtaining better picture quality performance. Since the lighting has already been carried out, there is no need to worry about exposure issues. We can also choose the background paper of different colors and materials according to the specific effect of lighting, and match the picture effects such as contrast or reflection. Aiming at the compact size of the subject, we can achieve precise focus through functions such as the micro-point focus or outline highlighting displayed in the Nikon Z 7 camera with manual focus, so as to avoid the impact of inaccurate focus on the photo.
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Of course, there are various lighting methods. There are also different lighting methods for objects of different materials and sizes. Photographers can use the above principles for lighting shooting, hoping to help you with macro photography.
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