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Old 01-13-2018, 02:24 AM
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Some interesting macro photography

Lately, I decided to revive my interest in macro-shooting and was browsing around for some info.
I stumbled across this video which I found to show me a whole new perspective both in shooting, post-processing and printing.
I just love it when multiple tools are combined to produce something that would otherwise be plain impossible.

Old 01-13-2018, 12:13 PM
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Best learn the art of photography at the camera level first. Practice practice practice! Not just macro, but shooting in all the situations you can.... will make you a better photographer!

Try not to overwhelm yourself with photoshop (post production) to fix or enhance poor photography.

Have fun!

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Old 01-13-2018, 04:44 PM
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Really interesting video. He has a great process for achieving a technically accurate rendering of his subjects with all areas in sharp focus OK, but what a tedious procedure with so many individual shots. It sounds like he has some of it automated though. I bet he wears out a lot of shutters on those poor camera bodies.
Personally I like the shallow depth-of-field common in macro shots but I guess it depends on what you are trying to achieve.

Anyway, glad to here you have a renewed interest in macro. I use to play around with macro in the pre-auto focus days and use to have some fun setting up shots with some weird lens/camera configurations.

Have fun with it, you can always find a macro subject almost anywhere.

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Excellent work.
Realize that a person gives up part of his life to make these images so that people can see them in such detail.
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Old 01-14-2018, 05:13 AM
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There is no such thing as auto focus and macro shooting together.

I was hoping to be able to buy the Canon MP-E65 super macro lens (actually the current equivalent of a bellows extension) when I realized that with a lensless adapter ring I can mount my EOS dSLR camera on the vintage Canon Auto Bellows and use the f/3.5-20mm macro lens or any other lens if reverse mounted.

Auto focus is really out of the question in such large magnifications (1x-5x) or with the loupe lens going up to 15x.

It gives you perspective in a micro world we can't see and one that the microscope does injustice as it kills the 3D element.

Having spent 2-3 rolls of films in the film era (using a Canon A-1) and trying to achieve proper exposure, proper focus, no motion, etc, the dSLR is a major aid in being able to have immediate feedback on the frame and also make the shot without breaking the bank.

I agree that too much post-processing takes away something from the picture-making process. What I particularly hate is the mindset of people who have their favorite "whatever" plugin, process the shot through them at NN% intensity and voila! here is the magic result.

What struck me in this video is the manual effort and labor of love to hand-stitch several hundred or thousand frames into the final result.

It's another thing to make a sculpture using a hammer and a chisel and another thing to 3D scan a model, load it to a 3D rendering s/w and produce a file to print with a 3D printer. The first is a job for an artist, the second is a job for a trained operator.

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