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Improve Your Macro Photography with Don Komarechka - Behind the Shot

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Join Don Komarechka and me as we explore his image "Lady in Green", a macro image of a sweet bee on a cornflower, on this episode of Behind the Shot.
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Johnny (9 days ago)
Don, you are so handsome. I wish I could take your portrait.
Leroy 500 (16 days ago)
God I love this video it was enjoyable and informative.
Behind The Shot (16 days ago)
Leroy Keith Glad you enjoyed it man!
Sorry, but that's fake. The way the legs are positioned and sitting on the flower, its body and head position, etc. This wouldn't happen naturally. The bee is either chilled or dead and posed. You should have googled "bees on flowers images."
Don Komarechka (15 days ago)
+Luke Bennett it's all about flash duration! Imagine that you're in a completely dark room and you set your camera for a 10 minute exposure. It would be black. If you arbitrarily pop a flash off during the exposure, what is the length of your exposure? 10 minutes, or the duration of the flash? Technically both, but it's only the latter one we care about. The same is true when you set your camera to it's flash sync speed and the flash is going to be the dominant light source. 1/200sec would yield a very under-exposed or completely black image if your flash is doing all the work, so the duration of the flash is important to remove motion blur. The average LED flash has a duration of maybe 1/300 sec or so. A xenon flash tube at it's lowest power setting (common for macro when the flash is right next to the subject) is roughly 1/20,000sec. That's a huge difference. LEDs might be find if you're all buttoned down and your subject is static, or if you're shooting video and they are on continuously... but for all other scenarios a traditional flash tube will be best. :)
Luke Bennett (16 days ago)
+Don Komarechka Thankyou so much for all your amazing information and epic photos! I do have a question about the ring flash though. Were you saying the ring flashes you like to use are not LED? Is there a disadvantage to using an LED ring flash?
Don Komarechka (20 days ago)
+shaun brown so glad you enjoyed my reply here - I don't like when my honesty is questioned. :) Glad you've watched a few of my videos - hopefully more to come soon! If you have any questions about macro photography, feel free to reach out and ask.
shaun brown (20 days ago)
+Don Komarechka well said too many keyboard warriors willing to slag someone off, loved the interview, probably not as much as the one you did with the Northrup's, which is the first time i even heard of you, just getting into macro and you have given me the push i have needed, thanks
Don Komarechka (2 months ago)
Hello Herman, sorry that you do not believe this image is real but my aim is to change your opinion on that, because it is real, unstaged, and completely natural. I had been thinking about how to prove the honesty of this shot, and the only answer I think that would satisfy you is to see ALL of the shots taken from this series, their successes and failures in different bee "positions". Some worked well, some didn't work at all. In total there were 277 shots - I'm even including the dark frames where my flash didn't fire because it was recharging too slowly. You can find all of the images here, just for you (and anyone else reading this): http://donkom.ca/sweat-bee/ - if you want to download them all at once I have included a zip file that you should see at the top. I encourage your scrutiny on my work - you'll find it to be real. For reference, the unedited version of the image we discuss here is called _1011112.RW2. I'd be happy to provide you with a RAW file of any image that you'd like to get a full resolution closer look at (these were uploaded at 1400x wide for the consideration of bandwidth). I have never once lied about my work. I take threats to that seriously, as comments such as yours could easily damage my reputation and I would go to any lengths to prove the legitimacy of my images. Furthermore, feel free to contact me directly - my e-mail address and phone number are not hard to find, and discuss anything about this image or any other image I have ever taken. Check out my work - I discuss at length the process used to create every image. I hope this satisfies your skepticism, which I always encourage. I don't think anyone should take something at face value, I think that the honesty in anything always has room for questions... but I also think that blatantly claiming something is untrue or fake without all of the evidence or without an open mind is, well, incomplete. Sincerely, - Don Komarechka
Fisheye Adventures (2 months ago)
Do you know Stewart Wood? He looks like you, he has the same intro like you and he doing macro photography on Youtube!:D
Behind The Shot (2 months ago)
Hey Fisheye Adventures! I do not know him, but did just look him up. Looks like some great content, and yeah, we are using the same After Effects template intro (from a site that sells them, and the first other person I have seen with it) I don't do Macro Photography myself, although this episode's guest Don Komarechka does. Stewart is one I will have to check out too. Thanks!
ivan whitehall (2 months ago)
Pien Andriessen (4 months ago)
This episode isn't only a great joy to watch, but it's also one of the most interesting in-depth videos on macro photography on YouTube. Thank you very much gentlemen, both for asking the right questions and sharing your knowledge!
Behind The Shot (4 months ago)
Hi Pip! Thanks for watching! I am planning to have Don on again soon to cover some of the other types of photography he does too.
Keerthi kumar (4 months ago)
It's don for real.....my god Thanks...
Keerthi kumar (4 months ago)
+Steve Brazill I subd that moment itself when don was on the show
Steve Brazill (4 months ago)
Keerthi kumar Oh yeah... THANK YOU for watching.
Steve Brazill (4 months ago)
Keerthi kumar Yup! I just hung his Snowflake poster in my studio too. So good.

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