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#1 magicfx

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Posted 23 July 2014 - 06:32 PM

http://jun291blog.co...-entry-723.html

Can anyone explain how to setup your strobes and other parameters to get such a photo in Japanese style?
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Posted 23 July 2014 - 09:11 PM

Shallow depth of field, maybe 4.0 or less. Two strobes at 60* or more, even lighting.....


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Posted 24 July 2014 - 07:32 PM

Do a search for Bokeh on google.



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Posted 25 July 2014 - 01:48 AM

Don’t forget shooting wide angle with nothing in the frame!

 

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Posted 14 August 2014 - 04:26 PM

Is there a defined Japanese style? Who are the great/well known Japanese Uw photographers? I follow one on Instagram, and yeah, his photos do look like the one in the link...

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Posted 16 August 2014 - 08:49 AM

I think Bokeh is not the appropriate idea here. Bokeh is a characteristic of a lens (not a style). You can shoot shallow depth of field with any lens/camera that will allow it, but as far as I understand it Bokeh means the "pleasingness" of the out of focus areas and has a lot to do with lens design and some magic thrown into it. For a look at how to measure bokeh, take a look at 

http://photo.net/nik...ra-forum/00aDI7

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Posted 26 August 2014 - 02:50 AM

Jun Fukui is one of the famous underwater artists:

http://jun291blog.co...-entry-723.html

 

As we know, classic marco photo is with black background,

But this style is not popular in Japan.

Probably because they don't have volcanic soil habitat like Anilao or Lembeh,

So they must shoot subject with complex reef background, but try to separate subject from reef background.



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Posted 26 August 2014 - 03:24 PM

 

 

As we know, classic macro photo is with black background,

But this style is not popular in Japan.

Probably because they don't have volcanic soil habitat like Anilao or Lembeh,

 

 

 

The "classic" black background is created by a high shutter speed and a high f-stop, the image relies on strobe lighting. It hasn't got anything to do with the colour of the background, because it's best shot against the water rather than the reef.

 

2013 Lembeh 24 796 Pantai Parigi Rhinopias eschmeyeri Paddle-flap scorpionfish.jpg

 

 

The light, unfocussed background relies on ambient light, slower shutter speeds, wider apertures and balanced strobe lighting. It's harder to do. I often find that my backgrounds are too dark.

 

Bali 2012 49 0555 Tulamben Ribbon eel.jpg

 

 

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Edited by tdpriest, 26 August 2014 - 03:26 PM.


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Posted 26 August 2014 - 03:24 PM

 

 

As we know, classic macro photo is with black background,

But this style is not popular in Japan.

Probably because they don't have volcanic soil habitat like Anilao or Lembeh,

 

 

 

The "classic" black background is created by a high shutter speed and a high f-stop, the image relies on strobe lighting. It hasn't got anything to do with the colour of the background, because it's best shot against the water rather than the reef.

 

2013 Lembeh 24 796 Pantai Parigi Rhinopias eschmeyeri Paddle-flap scorpionfish.jpg

 

 

The light, unfocussed background relies on ambient light, slower shutter speeds, wider apertures and balanced strobe lighting. It's harder to do. I often find that my backgrounds are too dark.

 

Bali 2012 49 0555 Tulamben Ribbon eel.jpg



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Posted 26 August 2014 - 03:24 PM

 

 

As we know, classic macro photo is with black background,

But this style is not popular in Japan.

Probably because they don't have volcanic soil habitat like Anilao or Lembeh,

 

 

 

The "classic" black background is created by a high shutter speed and a high f-stop, the image relies on strobe lighting. It hasn't got anything to do with the colour of the background, because it's best shot against the water rather than the reef.

 

2013 Lembeh 24 796 Pantai Parigi Rhinopias eschmeyeri Paddle-flap scorpionfish.jpg

 

 

The light, unfocussed background relies on ambient light, slower shutter speeds, wider apertures and balanced strobe lighting. It's harder to do. I often find that my backgrounds are too dark.

 

Bali 2012 49 0555 Tulamben Ribbon eel.jpg



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Posted 27 August 2014 - 08:57 AM

Japanese style? :o 

Shallow depth of field is just a technique used to highlight a certain part of an image (and sometimes an unavoidable result of great magnification in macro images...). Black or blurred backgrounds have nothing to do with where you take the pictures... just open your lenses, get close (powerful close up lenses will help getting SDF) and enjoy.


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Posted 27 August 2014 - 02:11 PM

Drink more saki!


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