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The folks over at Triggertrap put together a new video teaching people how to create better macro images. And to do this, they used the very famous Danbo–who gained internet fame from darn near everyone on Flickr. They talk about ensuring that specific and key elements are properly in line in the fame since macro photography has such narrow depths of fields due to the lens focusing so closely to the subject.

They also talk about lighting and how important it is in the photos. Lighting from something like an off-camera flash works best, but they show a setup involving a window and an overhead light in a kitchen that works well enough. If you’re using available light, then you’ll need to raise your ISO setting up to a high level and stop down the aperture quite a bit before you get something in focus. Also ensure that you’ve got the reciprocal rule of shutter speeds covered.

If you’re using a flash, then you can lower the ISO and get more details in your images.

The video is a bit long, but worth it if you’re genuinely interested in learning more about macro photography. Hit the jump for more.

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Creating the Photograph is an original series where we interview photographers about a photo that they shot and how it was achieved. The results are some knowledge passed on to you. Want to be featured? Email chrisgampat[at]thephoblographer[dot]com.

Photographer Rich Harley works for TriggerTrap, and his work is a demonstration that sometimes the simplest ideas can work effectively. He’s been a pro photographer for the last seven and a half years, and he specializes in aviation and commercial work with a bit of Sports and high-speed too. “I’ve been working at Triggertrap for just over a year, where I’m the Head of Product. I love trying to get an element of magic in my still life photos, and nothing helps more than being able to put lights in unusual places, and plenty of fishing line.” he tells us.

But most recently, he was tasked with the tough task of making a box look interesting. With what seems like a bit of inspiration from Pulp Fiction, Rich got to work.

Here’s his story.

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When it comes to Timelapse work, many cameras have the feature built in but Triggertrap was one of the first modules and apps to make doing them simple by using your phone or tablet along with their USB dongle. The app has had a couple of refreshes and now they’re announcing Triggertrap Timelapse Pro. This app does something that standard timelapse modes on cameras can’t do: saves sequences.

Have a specific sequence that you use for sunset shooting? You can save it here. What about shooting down 9th Ave as cars pass? Yup, you can save it.

Triggertrap also added a power saving mode that makes the timelapse stop before your phone runs out of battery.

Timelapse Pro works with our existing Triggertrap Mobile Kit and is available now on the iOS App Store for £3.99/$4.99. Yes, that’s pricey for an app; but if timelapse photography/video shooting is your thing, then it’s well worth the price of a cheap beer and a shot at some dive bars. A demo video is after the jump.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer TriggerTrap Flash Adapter review images (5 of 12)ISO 4001-180 sec at f - 1.4

A while back, Triggertrap introduced the Flash Adapter, which allows Triggertrap to become its own flash trigger. When used with its sound sensor, Triggertrap can trigger a flash or strobe with just a loud sound to make it go off. The setup is very simple gear-wise, but setting this up otherwise can take some work and will need planning and experimentation. But once you have it down, you’ll be able to apply many more creative decisions to your photography.

If you’re a fan of droplet photography or capturing high speed moving subjects, then you’ll want to check this out.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Manual Camera and Triggertrap (5 of 5)ISO 4001-40 sec at f - 2.2

Imagine our excitement when after years and years of mobile photography being so limited that we were able to shoot a photo using our phone and have an off-camera strobe go off to provide extra illumination. These capabilities have only recently become accessible. Sure, Nokia had manual camera control with their line of phones but what both Android and iOS both offer is comparably more mainstream.

When browsing the Android store of manual shutter control apps, I found the Manual Camera app that allows the user to set the ISO, shutter speed, focusing, white balance and many more parameters. But we had also recently got the Triggertrap Flash Adapter in for review.

And when using both of them together, we were able to shoot an image mostly illuminated by strobe.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Essentials the Creative Timelapser (1 of 6)ISO 4001-50 sec at f - 4.5

Essentials is a series where we round up specially curated kits for different photographers in different situations. Other items could surely be substituted, but these are what we personally recommend. 

When it comes to creating timelapse videos, you only really need a few things. For starters, a big hard drive will help greatly–but what will also help are some of the right tools. As we’ve always said in our Essentials series, you can use whatever you want. But to give you some sort of guidance, we’ve created a kit for that type of stuff. Sure, time lapse videos are getting overdone, but if you find that you get a bit too tired of them, this kit will help you to transition into other things like studio work, landscapes and much more.

Overall, we’re emphasizing versatility for the creative timelapser.

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