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Macro Therapy With Caroline Jensen: 5 Quick Lighting Tips

During this time of uncertainty among the creator community and the world, photographers are looking for their creative escape from social distance and isolation...enter macro photography. Almost like a meditation, Sony Artisan Caroline Jensen says it calms and centers her, and she is sharing more in her Macro Therapy sessions in case it can do the same for you. In the first session she shared her <quick start guide for choosing your camera settings,> and in this part you’ll learn five quick tips for lighting your macro shots. 

In the second session of Macro Therapy With Caroline Jensen, the Sony Artisan shares five tips for lighting your macro shots.

1. Use a diffuser

A simple diffusion panel (often found inside a common reflector) is a great way to soften harsh light. Work with a friend by taking turns holding the diffusion panel between the
sun and your subject.

2. Carry a flashlight

I often find that soft light lacks drama. When I am feeling particularly nimble, I will add light behind my subject or create flare by pointing it toward the lens. This is also easier to do with a friend. A daylight-balanced LED would be perfect. 

3. Don't give up

Even if the light seems miserable, try to see what CAN be done. I found that I loved backlit veining when shooting at high noon. In truth, there is no such thing as bad light, but you sometimes have to work creatively to show it off to its best advantage.

4. Change the light with a prism or crystal

I love to carry a prism in my bag. It distorts part of the frame when held over a small part of the lens. This is fun for portraits as well.

5. Use ambient light

I love to place wall sconces, street lights, or signage in the bokeh portion of the background of my images.


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Macro Therapy With Caroline Jensen: Quick Start Guide

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