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  • Focus Stacking for Landscape and Macro 

  • #840

  • Workshop Instructor: Timothy Griffin and Bryce Denison
  • $ 250.00

This two-day class covers macro photography techniques up to 20x magnifications.  Fill the frame with the head of a pin or the glistening facets of a fly’s eye.  Explore the fascinating worlds inside ordinary objects such as watches or cell phones.  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 macro lenses such as Photars, Luminars, and Macro-Summars High quality macro photography using low cost darkroom enlarging lenses.  The second day 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 regular photographic lenses for magnifications up to 20x Marcro couplers for magnifications from 2x to 10x, even in the field.  The bellows are T-mount types.  We have 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 macro gear and we will demonstrate tricks to push it to the limits.  Please bring a camera that has a mirror lockup.  Cameras that have pseudo mirror lockup, triggered  by the cameras self-timer are acceptable.  MPW has a large assortment of small objects to phtoograph, if you want to bring in your own, we will be glad to teach you how to shoot them.  On Sunday, time will be allocated in the state-of-the-art MPW computer lab to assemble and print the images made the day before.

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