| | 09-20-2013, 03:47 PM #1
Decided to try some macro with my new Lumia 1020. Now I know macro is not it's strong suit, but like the title says, I'm just having fun taking this cameraphone to the next level. So I scotch taped a cheap POS Tiffen closeup filter and went looking for bugs (You can buy these macro filters for pennies on ebay). The filter smashes a lot of detail though, and then I loaded them into Lightroom and as I pushed the exposure, I could see some artifacting showing up around edges. I exposed for the highlights (typically set the Exposure Compensation to -1.0) so I wouldn't lose highlight detail, hence the need to push the exposure. Then I cropped the pictures even more, so it's definitely not the cleanest, but still amazing considering this is a phone!
Let it be said that I am NOT a serious macro shooter, I am a portrait and commercial/industrial shooter, so I'm by no means a macro expert, nor do I take the best macro pictures among my colleagues.
I have tried macro on previous phones but it never worked well due to the fact that the equivlent focal length of the lens was always around 28mm or wider, which sucks for macro! But with the zoom feature of the Lumia 1020, I can get around a 75mm equivalent field of view, which is a decent length for macro work! So I figured, I'd give it a shot!
1. I found this guy and realized one of his legs fell off! It was hobbling around like it was injured. Thought I'd try a head-on photo, which was really hard because it kept moving closer to the lens and going out of focus! (As a reference, this guy is probably a little shorter than an inch)
2. It seemed to be stumbling, so I tried to help it up onto a leaf it was climing, and another leg fell off! WTF?? It must be dying or something (or on it's last legs... LOL!). Oh well, it made it easier to take pictures of him at this angle as he wasn't moving fast.
3. Bronze Leaf Disease =( Poor Swedish Aspen. Hope it survives.
4. Closeup of a Dandelion
5. Another one
6. I'm no entomologist, I have no idea what kind of bug this is, but it was about 6mm long, so pretty tiny.
7. But it changed colour drastically...
8. ...depending on what direction the light was hitting it.
9. The only spider I could find was this little guy. Max length from leg tip to tip, it was about 15mm. I wish I could find a huge orb spider or something.
10. And who doesn't like ladybugs?
11. This one was just chillin' taking a walk on a Nanking Cherry leaf.
One of the challenges of macro shooting with a phone is inability to stop down the lens for more Depth of Field. So you are stuck shooting with a super thin area of focus which limits your capabilities. But man, I sure am not used to seeing such creamy bokeh from a phone.
But like I said in the previous thread, I am NOT trying to replace a DSLR/Mirrorless/PnS, so I am not gonna make comparison statement with my dedicated macro rig. I'm just having some fun with the Lumia 1020, that is with me ALL THE TIME wherever I go. It's just opening doors for me to try stuff I never could before. It's just really neat to know that I actually CAN have some macro fun with this setup. I could easily leave this tiny Tiffen filter in the car to grab whenever I see something tiny and cool.
I think for part 3, I'm going to bring my 1020 to my photo studio and try some still life or something neat.