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APPLE STORE PRESENTATION: Creating Large Format Panoramic Images

APPLE STORE PRESENTATION:  Creating Large Format Panoramic Images by Michael Smith-Heimer 

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About the Photographer:  Michael Smith-Heimer started to take photographs during his first year of college, when he was studying city planning.  His professor said "Go see the world and figure out how cities work, through the lens of a camera."  Michael did, and soon discovered Ansel Adams and the zone system.  He perfected this black and white film technique over the next several years, while traveling throughout the western US.  Several of his images received juried awards and were published.

When personal computers were invented, Michael became an early adopter; he even was a technical reviewer for some of the first issues of Publish Magazine.  But his passion for photography and the digital world did not converge for many years.  He continued to use film, gradually moving into cibrachrome color images.

As digital cameras and printers improved, Michael began to experiment with digital images.  Along the way, he found that combining images into a seamless panorama could open up the landscape, showing "slices of life" in an expansive format. 

In This Presentation:  Michael will show samples of his images and discuss his process of using a large number of photos to create his remarkable High Resolution Panoramic Images.

You can see more of his images on his website:

Date: Wednesday, April 23

Time: Presentation from 7:00 pm to 8:15 pm with a question and answer period from 8:15 pm to 8:30 pm.

Location: Apple Store - San Francisco, 1 Stockton Street at the corner of Market. We will be on the Second Floor of the store.

Cost:  This is a FREE Event.

Please note: If you are planning to attend this presentation, we ask you to enter a Yes RSVP.  If you enter a Yes RSVP and than find that you cannot attend, please take the time to change your RSVP to No.

Parking: There are Tow Away Zones on many of the streets around the Apple store. Some of them end at 6:00 pm so there is usually a lot of parking places available at that time. Other streets have tow away zones that end at 7:00 pm so be careful.

Parking Meters: There have been changes in the times for parking meters so you need to read the signs and also check the screens on the meter to determine the hours of operation for that particular meter.  Some of the meters do not require payments after 6 pm but others do.

The Apple store is also very convenient to public transportation - the Powell Street BART station is close to the Apple store.

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  • Phyllis N.

    Very interesting and informative. Beautiful photographic images. Thank you to Ed for another great event.

    April 26, 2014

  • anthony r.

    the presentation was great. i've never seen a more passionate photographer. he actually created his own system of composing large format landscapes.

    April 24, 2014

  • Greg

    Nicely done.

    April 24, 2014

  • Steve R.

    Presenter was well organized and an interesting speaker. Topic was quite specialized, but gave one an idea of how far you could push a technique.

    April 24, 2014

  • Edward W.

    Outstanding presentation by Michael - he covered a lot of highly technical information in a short period of time. Great idea for him to bring so many prints to show the quality that is possible using his process.

    April 23, 2014

  • Kay

    Nice presentation! I learned a lot! Got me me thinking about doing large scale photography someday at least to try…or may be panorama… Very inspiring!

    April 23, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    excellent. only problem was hard to hear so i was on my laptop trying to figure out software speaker used .. but then again this was a presentation and not a workshop/tutorial. overall an excellent speaker.

    April 23, 2014

  • Tina W.

    the place is just too noisy to hear the speaker's voice.

    April 23, 2014

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