Landscape and macro photography: all in one shoot – Canon

Landscape and macro photography: all in one shoot – Canon


I love to be with nature.
It empties your mind. I would like to show other people
how beautiful nature is. And I don’t want to shoot like
a documentary shot. I would like to transport some of
my feelings I had when I was there. One day I got a Canon newsletter.
I’ve seen they’d got a gallery too. Why not upload them to Canon as well?
Some of them were recognised. I am Henrik Spranz
and I am a German living in Austria. I am a software developer and I am passionate
about landscape and macro photography. When I am about to do macro photography
at a location I don’t know, I will go there in the evening,
the day before, to check the whole situation, where the sun will rise
and naturally, where the insects are. If I find an interesting insect,
I will try to separate the grass from the rest around it,
so I’ve got a clear view. Whenever you find a beautiful insect
like a butterfly, you tend to focus on it
and forget about the background. So, perhaps you can find a way
to make a blurred background with a nice bokeh. If you are shooting something
like a butterfly, you should get up from your tripod,
camera and butterfly, and have a look if the planes of
the sensor and the wings of the butterfly are parallel, so it would help
a lot with focusing. In macro photography,
sometimes it’s like painting. Painting on your sensor. If I am preparing a landscape shoot,
then I need some preparation, check the weather, check the lighting,
check the best places for a shoot. Most of the time,
when I am doing landscape photography, I use the low point of view. I set up the tripod, and one important
thing is to level it. Most of the time, I use
the semi-automatic mode, so I set the aperture
and let the camera do the rest. It’s no problem, I’ve got control
of the aperture. I use the live histogram as well
to check if the exposure is right. If it’s over-exposed or not. If I am on a long hike,
I take only two lenses with me. A smaller tripod, less weight. I reduce it to the absolute minimum. The equipment is probably
not essential but… I just want to have
a good feeling using it. I like to use the Canon gear because
I feel perfectly comfortable with it. I have learned not to take pictures
if the conditions aren’t worth it. Sometimes when you are
up for landscape photography, you find something completely different. Like an orchid. It’s good to have a macro lens
with you all the time. So you can switch focus. I’ve used the bag of my tripod
as a beanbag. If there is sun shining
directly on the orchid you need to use a diffuser. When I am doing
a shot of the orchid like this, I’m that focused,
I forget everything around me. When I am doing the post-processing,
the first thing I do is import them into Lightroom. I like to make a quick check which of my
photos are worth post-processing. Then I do some basic things,
like looking for the correct histograms, I increase a little bit the details, and then I export them to Photoshop
to do the fine-tuning. To make them look more crisp
and more colourful. Doing landscape and macro photography
is combining many things I like: being with nature, being creative. I wouldn’t die without landscape
or macro photography, but life would miss
a kind of shining light.

26 thoughts on “Landscape and macro photography: all in one shoot – Canon

  • December 17, 2015 at 11:24 pm
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    What camera did he use during this video ?

    great video by the way

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  • December 18, 2015 at 4:28 pm
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    Thanks for this video Canon :).
    Please have a look at my facebook photo page: http://facebook.com/fotomat or my web page http://spranz.org

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  • December 26, 2015 at 11:41 am
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    +Henrik Spranz congrats for your work. May I ask you wich lens for landscape do you take with you during your long hike? Thank you

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  • February 12, 2016 at 9:25 am
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    Lovely video. The photo at 4.47 is superb

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  • February 21, 2016 at 4:53 am
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    this is the type of life I want to live

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  • May 8, 2016 at 5:31 am
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    Awesome

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  • September 9, 2016 at 9:46 am
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    superb

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  • October 1, 2016 at 2:34 pm
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    all images on this video are photoshoped

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  • October 9, 2016 at 4:10 pm
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    I've just recently taken up photography and I too like to get down to really low viewpoints my friends laugh I will lie down in the mud and snow to get my shot I too like to take pictures with macro I use extension tubes on my 100 mm macro lens I noticed you use the 180 mm do you find this works better allowing you to keep more distance from your subject PS I really like the images you did

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  • May 8, 2017 at 9:46 pm
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    He reminds me of Ansel Adams…

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  • May 9, 2017 at 11:22 am
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    Your photography is absolutely stunning and the advice you give is very insightful. What lens do you use for macro photography in this video?
    Also, where did you get your diffuser that you used for the orchid?

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  • May 20, 2017 at 8:19 am
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    one question what is the name of the stative

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  • June 9, 2017 at 8:10 pm
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    which model are used in this shoots
    sir may i know??

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  • July 7, 2017 at 4:30 am
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    Best lens for landscape photography?

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  • July 11, 2017 at 8:35 pm
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    Thanks for sharing your inspiring work Henrik Spranz.

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  • August 13, 2017 at 7:43 pm
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    i love both

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  • September 24, 2017 at 12:50 pm
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    wonderful

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  • October 12, 2017 at 3:35 pm
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    Henrik…its really awsome video
    The way u express is really good

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  • December 22, 2017 at 3:32 am
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    sir what model of acer did you use in editing your photo?

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  • January 25, 2018 at 11:32 am
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    Just one thing, these aren't macro shots. As I understand it macro is 1:2 magnification at least. And these are only closeups with smaller magnification.
    It's a bit misleading.
    BUT great photographer and nice shots.

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  • May 19, 2018 at 10:27 am
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    What lens is that?

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  • May 27, 2018 at 4:08 pm
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    is there any give away?🤔

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  • July 9, 2018 at 7:56 pm
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    This is why I love Canon

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  • October 29, 2018 at 3:17 pm
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    subtitle indonesia.?

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  • January 12, 2019 at 8:44 am
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    I'm so inspired sir.

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  • March 5, 2019 at 2:05 pm
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    I am passionate about landscapes as you are macrophotography. I'm just a beginner, it's very nice to listen to the advice of a very good expert. I have documented the meaning of the word ……. "photography" which means: writing with light. It is incredible the emotions that you try to write with light every photo is a writing of what surrounds us. Congratulations.👍👏❣️

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