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Is it possible to take a model picture with a macro lens?


Is it possible to take a model picture with a macro lens?

You probably have the same experience: you want to shoot some macro, and all of a sudden you change your mind and want a picture with a model. Is that possible?
Yes, it is, but there are a few points that you absolutely have to take into account.
The very first thing you have to do is explain to your buddy what you want to do and what he or she should or should not do.
A difficult point is that the frogfish is on the coral and that it must be possible to create the situation you want without demolishing any corals: there must be space around the subject. Do NOT move the frogfish: it has found this spot, adapted to it, and moving it makes it vulnerable to predatos (only the strobes make the fish stand out here!). Both you and your model must have good buoyancy control.
The model should not be too close to the frogfish because then the model squint looks or looks over the frog fish and straight into the camera – that is not what we want, your model should look at the subject. There must also be enough light in the mask, the model’s eyes should be clearly visible. The light on the frogfish and the model cannot have the same intensity: the frogfish is still the main subject.
The correctly adjusted light from the strobe creates a clear foreground and background in the photo. You focus with the macro lens on the frogfish, and if the distance is sufficient, the model is shown slightly out of focus which also creates much dept hand ‘movement’ in the photo.
In this case: practice makes perfect. You can also try this out in the swimming pool, and examine the data of your pictures to see what combination works best.

Photo data:

  • 1/250 sec
  • F/22
  • ISO 100
  • Camera: Nikon D700
  • Lens: Nikon 60mm macro
  • Subal underwaterhousing

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