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  • Focus Stacking for Extreme Close-up and Landscape Photography 

  • #840

  • Workshop Instructor: Bryce Denison
  • $175.00

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This day and a half workshop covers macro photography techniques up to 20x magnifications and Maximizing depth of field for landscape photographers. On Saturday we will meet at the Farmington Hills Studio for instruction and practice on shooting techniques.  Sunday afternoon is at the Southfield Campus computer lab to assemble the images into a composite that had incredible depth of field.  Learn to fill the frame with the head of a pin or the glistening facets of a fly’s eye.  Learn to photograph a landscape where the foreground is six feet away, the subject is twelve feet away and the back ground is twenty or more feet away and create a photo where everything is in sharp focus beyond what you could achieve in just one exposure. Explore the fascinating worlds of ordinary objects such as watch parts or cell phone innards.  We will be photographing diverse subjects including insects, small machines, flowers, computer chips, gemstones, coins, and postage stamps.  Both the scientific and artistic aspects of macro photography will be discussed and demonstrated.  We will have four stations set up with bellows, macro lenses and various macro lighting, and students will have ample opportunity to shoot each setup, learning techniques to combat vibration, live subjects, extension tubes, exposure computation and magnification computation.  We will discuss rare macro lenses such as Photars, Luminars, and Macro-Summars; and high quality macro photography using low cost darkroom enlarging lenses. The landscape focus stacking portion is also taught at the Farmington Hills location as we will walk across the street to photograph objects that are very close to the camera and objects that are very far from the camera and still put them all in sharp focus. The Sunday afternoon session involves macro stacking with computer programs such as Adobe Photo Merge and Helicon Soft.  Helicon Soft is a program that takes control of your camera to shoot 10-20 photos to be combined, using a computer, into one photo to create a depth-of-field not possible in the actual shot.  Reverse mount regular photographic lenses for magnifications up to 20x Macro couplers for magnifications from 2x to 10x, even when working in the field.  The bellows have T-mount adaptors.  We have Sony, Nikon and Canon EOS T-mount adapters and might be able to arrange adapters for other systems to accommodate students who do not have their own.  Bring any of your own macro gear and we will demonstrate techniques to push it to the limits.  MPW has a large assortment of small objects to photograph, if you want to bring in your own, we will be glad to teach you how to shoot them.

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