Let’s get past megapixel, full frame vs. Aps-c vs. Micro Four Thirds. and lens diffraction,
One of the most precise and rewarding forms of photography is getting up close and personal with your subject. When it comes to this type of photography everything is a subject. As a matter of fact, every part of everything is a subject from the tiniest insect to a minute portion of a piece of architecture. The amount of detail, tones, and textures is intense and tests not only your personal capabilities but the capabilities of your lenses and cameras. The use of depth of field, angles of shooting, lighting all come into play for the creation of dramatic images.
Getting past those who say diffraction will cause a loss of resolution macro photographers know how limited depth of field can be. Doing macro images makes getting a great deal of depth of field virtually impossible. That leaves us with a decision. Do we limit ourselves to F5.6 to f11 because that is the sweet range in apertures or do we proceed to f16 to F32 to get some benefit in the creation of extended depth of field. I can say without a doubt that I will sacrifice some resolution, which probably won’t be noticed for greater depth in my image.
We (Brian Zwit and myself) give a class once and sometimes twice a year focusing on indoor macro / close-up photography where students can either bring their own subjects or use the large variety of subjects provided by us. This class will be in November 8th, 2014
The class is limited to 8 students and there are 8 labs set up which the students can use on a rotational basis. Each lab uses different lighting and setups providing a lot of diversification. There are light tents, light boxes, strobes, led lighting, fluoresce lighting, diffusion lighting as well as macro rails, special tripods, close up lenses, extension tunes and lot’s more.
What’s nice about the indoor class is that it introduces our students to infinite combinations of shooting setups that can easily be worked at home. Great for winter time indoor photographic challenges as well as any time of the year. Just imagine shooting flowers with no wind to mess up your shot. Of course everything you learn can most certainly be applied to outdoor macro as well.
Shooting in close with tele zooms, macro lenses, and all of the gear mentioned above has always been one of my favorite ways to create images. The nice part about this kind of photography is that how you perceive your subject is infinite. You are only limited by your own imagination and your own creative juices. We shall help you open up your mind to making outstanding images.
We provide tripods as well as other gear should you need it. Solid well made tripods are essential for sharp images. There will also be some wireless remotes such as pocket wizard and others.
If there is a particular macro lens you feel you would like to try before you buy then you can go to BORROWLENS.COM and for a reasonable fee rent the lens or lenses of your choice. A macro lens is not necessary. If you have a telephoto zoom or prime they can work fine.
Space for this class is very limited and fills up pretty quickly. If you are interested in getting the best from yourself and your gear sign up for this indoor macro class today. Click the link below to sign up for our indoor macro class.