Over and over again I've talked about the diversity of Panasonic's LUMIX Luminaries. They're a remarkable group and today's post is a prime example of Joseph Linaschke's love for the craft along with his abilities as an outstanding educator.
For more tips on shooting macro and close-up photography, be sure to check out Joseph's lynda.com training “Photography 101: Shooting Macros and Close-Ups” . If you’re not already a lynda subscriber, you can watch his course FREE for seven days.
Joseph should be on your radar. Check out his website, his blog and follow him on twitter. You'll also find more of his work along with the other Luminaries in the LUMIX Luminary Lounge.
Everyone loves macro photography. After all, what's not to love? You get to see a whole different world that, as it turns out, lives right under your very nose! Flower, bugs, textures… the sky (or, the ground) is the limit. And in many cases, when you get really close, you'll see things you may never have known existed before!
Macro photography can become an expensive hobby, however. Good macro lenses usually start around $500, and go up from there. If macro is something you just want to dabble in, that's a lot of cash for a lens that may sit in your bag the majority of the time.
(You can also buy extension tubes that maintain all focus and exposure control… for 5x as much money. Even though that’s still well under $100, if you want to go really cheap, read on. If you don’t mind spending the money, read my fellow Luminary Bob Coates’ article, also on this site, on using those higher end extension tubes
Fortunately, there's an easy work-around. Here's how you trick your lens aperture into a partially closed position. I have tested this on Panasonic LUMIX, Olympus, Sony and Fuji mirrorless cameras.
1. With your lens on the camera normally, put the camera in manual exposure mode.
2. Set the aperture you want (let's say f/11) and a shutter speed of at least a few seconds. Press the shutter button.
3. The shutter will open and the lens will stop down. Now's your chance. Before the exposure ends, and without turning the camera off, remove the lens. The camera will immediately close the shutter, but since it lost the connection to the lens, the lens will stay stopped down!
4. Put your lens, that's now locked into f/11 (or whatever you chose) onto your extension tubes, and shoot away.
To change the aperture, you'll need to put the lens back on the camera normally (at which point the aperture will immediately open back up), and repeat the process at another f-number.