Thomas Shahan Shares His Methods In Macro Photography

Nov 22, 2014

Tiffany Mueller

Tiffany Mueller is a photographer and content strategist based in Hawi, Hawaii. Her work has been shared by top publications like The New York Times, Adobe, and others.

Thomas Shahan Shares His Methods In Macro Photography

Nov 22, 2014

Tiffany Mueller

Tiffany Mueller is a photographer and content strategist based in Hawi, Hawaii. Her work has been shared by top publications like The New York Times, Adobe, and others.

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Methods In Macro Photography
A few days ago we shared some macro shots of spiders being reflected in drops of dew which were simply stunning. They definitely inspired me to pull out my extension tubes and reverse ring and get back into macro. If they inspired you to dabble, too, macro photography master, Thomas Shahan, just posted a new tutorial on the subject. There’s a lot of good advice for beginners in there, but more experienced photographers can find a few gems in the clip as well.

The video is an mostly an eight minute long slideshow of Shahan’s brilliant macro photos with some behind the scenes shots in there for good measure. Shahan narrates the clip by explaining his setup, process, and dishes out a ton of great pointers for levels of photographers. Be sure to look for the variety of DIY light modifiers he uses in some of the images. He briefly talks about how he made one of them with a paper towel and some sheets of plastic. He’s able to get some great shots using just that and the pop up flash on his Pentax DSLR

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Shahan using his DIY light modifier with a pop up flash.

There’s also video clips interspersed throughout the tutorial, which feature Shahan explaining how to deal with things like wind blowing everything around and what to do with your macro shots once you get to post production. Speaking of processing, Shahan walks us through his theory on processing images to which he insists, “In short, less is more.”

Take a look at the video below, then grab your macro setup and get some practice in over the weekend!

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6 responses to “Thomas Shahan Shares His Methods In Macro Photography”

  1. Antti Jämsä Avatar
    Antti Jämsä

    Don’t you mean Thomas Shahan? ;)

  2. Mike Randall Avatar
    Mike Randall

    Get his name right people!

  3. Fred Smith Avatar
    Fred Smith

    It is nice to know there are more uses for old manual lenses, and traveling into the field so lightly can produce such nice results. I imagine he was using the classic Pentax M 1:1.7, which costs under $50.

  4. David Di Natale Avatar
    David Di Natale

    Hello, I’m not very good in English, so, is there someone can tell me what lens does he used ?

    1. Rodrigo Caldas Avatar
      Rodrigo Caldas

      His favorite set is a Pentax 50mm prime lens with reverse mount and extension tubes

  5. Ankit Gajjar Avatar
    Ankit Gajjar

    Great post, thanks for sharing….