LET'S DISCOVER THE SMALL WORLD OF MACRO AND STACK FOCUS

LET'S DISCOVER THE SMALL WORLD OF MACRO AND STACK FOCUS


How many times you wonder how to take a beautiful picture of small object, insect or water drops? How many times you wish to have more depth of the field in a landscape picture?


Now is the time not only to learn how to take the pictures and how to process them but how to create art with your pictures.


We will need from you to bring a Macro lens with focal length of a 100 mm or more and extension tubes (several to add around 62 mm) a speedlight and good tripod with stable head. For those that don't have a macro lens we are planning to rent one for Canon users and other for Nikon users,(sorry but others brands has to get the lens by your self) and share the cost of the rental.


We will be explaining the concept of FOCUS STACKING to obtain more depth of the field on your pictures, FS consist in taking several pictures of the same subject with out moving the camera but changing the focus pint and then stitching together in Photoshop, Elements or a specialty software.

What to bring: Camera with fully charged batteries, a lot of memory cards, cable release, tripod with a good head, speedlight, macro lens and extensions tubes.

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  • Michelle M.

    Cesar,
    From the looks of all of the images, it appears that your kids did extremely well! :-)
    Your undivided attention is invaluable to all.
    Thanks for all that you do!

    January 14, 2014

  • Patricia D.

    Cesar thanks for all your help. This was a well organized and interesting learning experience.

    January 13, 2014

  • Kit S.

    Another winner from Cesar! Exciting for me to add something new and fascinating to learn.

    January 12, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Good works César, I'm glad that all were happy and satisfied.

    January 12, 2014

  • Naomi

    This was a great workshop. Thanks to Ceasar for doing this day. He is a patient and generous teacher.

    January 12, 2014

  • Susan Gail C.

    Thank you Cesar. It was a fun day and I learned a lot. I am truly amazed at some of the photos uploaded...spectacular images!

    January 12, 2014

  • Steve G.

    Thank you Cesar. A wonderful opportunity to improve my macro skills. A great location, even though I got lost finding it.

    January 12, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Always fun to try a style of photography that I do not usually do. Cesar, as always, is full of information and patience.

    January 12, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Cesar is a very selfless and knowledgable person who is a gift to our community of photographers.

    January 11, 2014

  • Camille

    Cesar is a very warm and generous person in passing on his teaching and knowledge. Always a pleasure.

    January 11, 2014

  • Camille

    Thank you Cesar for another great day of photography and learning. I look forward to practicing stacking, it was a lot of fun and the park is simply beautiful. So nice to be amongst a friendly group of other photographers.

    January 11, 2014

  • Marla

    Educational and fun. Can't wait to try without the wind

    1 · January 11, 2014

  • Lois A.

    Fun, educational and great to see old friends and meet new people.

    January 11, 2014

  • Jaime C.

    As always, Cesar does a great job explaining everything and look forward to our next meetup!

    January 11, 2014

  • Kevin F.

    Cesar was great at explaining stacking......

    January 11, 2014

  • Eileen

    Ditto. So sorry to have missed this ! !

    January 11, 2014

  • Nieves R.

    Same here, I just saw the confirmation and it's too late for me to get there on time!

    January 11, 2014

  • Carmenza C.

    Sorry I just check my email, I din't know spot open and I miss it.

    January 11, 2014

  • Rebecca B.

    Where in the park are you?

    January 11, 2014

  • Isaac V.

    I jus t received this offer of a very reasonable priced Ring Light/Flash for macrophotography and close ups. Two versions: for Nikon and Canon. Any other ring flash goes for no less than $ 300 !!

    http://www.photocheatsheets.com/AccessoryItem.aspx?pr=650&n=101&dc=NewYear2014

    January 10, 2014

  • Naomi

    I am so looking forward to this workshop. I do not have the extension tubes for my Canon Macro 100mm lens.. hope someone can share with me.
    Thanks for organizing this event.
    Naomi

    January 6, 2014

  • Cesar R.

    Thanks Marla good article.

    1 · January 6, 2014

  • Marla

    Just saw an interesting article @SLRLounge on twitter comparing reversing rings vs extension tubes. Going to try to pick up a set of extension tubes before Saturday. http://www.slrlounge.com/extension-tubes-reversing-rings-cheap-macro-accessories-reviewed?utm_campaign=twitter&utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=twitter

    1 · January 5, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Your right, I shot portraits for the Marriott for 18 months when I lived in the Boston area and I used my 100 mm macro lens almost exclusively, with great results. (I was shooting Green Screen backgrounds and adding backgrounds to their choosing.

    1 · January 5, 2014

  • Joe M.

    Another useful fact is that a true macro lens - will allow focus to infinity. While Bellows - extension tubes or 50mm reversed, only get you in close. So i use my macro as a regular Portrait lens (only sharper than most).

    January 4, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    One thing I love about you Cesar is that you can "teach an old dog new tricks." :-)

    1 · January 4, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks, Cesar, I just purchased a new
    AF Automatic Macro Extension Tube 13mm+20mm+36mm Set DG for Kenko CANON EF-S for $42.88, including shipping. Here's the link to the site if anyone else wants to order it for the event. This seller is in the U.S. and says we will receive it by the 9th or before. Most of the sellers are out of Hong Kong, or China and it takes a couple weeks to get your product.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/US-AF-Automatic-Macro-Extension-Tube-13mm-20mm-36mm-Set-DG-for-Kenko-CANON-EF-S-/321238464241. I've never used extensions before, but I have used and own a 100mm Canon Macro lens.

    January 4, 2014

  • Cesar R.

    Ron, I bough mine long time ago one thing you have to make sure that using the extension tubes you maintain auto focus.

    January 4, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Here's a great site that explains the photo results of extensions on your lens:
    http://www.eos-magazine.com/EOS%20Collection/shop/Resources/Extension%20tubes%20(2010).pdf

    January 4, 2014

  • Jose F.

    I have a set of kenko extension tubes for Nikon for sale in brand new shape. I paid[masked] plus tax will sell to the best offer email me at [masked] if interested

    January 4, 2014

    • Kevin F.

      Price depends a lot on brand and mainly if the rings allow for the lens to communicate with the camera. If you manually focus, which you probably should in a macro shot anyway, that isn't a big issue.

      January 4, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      That makes sense, never used extensions before, except for the 70 to 200 Canon lens that I have.

      January 4, 2014

  • Joe M.

    Until Cesar answers…. i use that same 60mm at work - fantastic lens.

    January 3, 2014

    • Meg P.

      Thank you so much Joe, I really appreciate your prompt response. I'm really ooking forward to this workshop!

      1 · January 4, 2014

  • Joe M.

    Your 18-55 focuses very close almost macro- you'll do fine. Plus that 55mm end becomes 88mm on the T3i. Whereas the 100 f/2.8 macro becomes a 160mm macro.

    January 4, 2014

  • Cesar R.

    Barry, I'm waiting to see how many people want to rent the lens, is only $25 for a day or $75 for a week, so lets see in a few days.

    January 2, 2014

    • Barry

      Richard, are you Nikon or Canon?

      January 4, 2014

    • Ricardo S.

      I shoot with a Nikon.

      January 4, 2014

  • Cesar R.

    Hi Meg, yes you can use the 60 mm Macro as Joe mentioned it become a 90 mm on a crop sensor camera also you can use the extension tubes to get more magnification.

    January 3, 2014

  • Joe M.

    I shoot jewelry for an estate Buyer in Boca. Gem stones and rings and such. That 60mm becomes a 90mm on the DX body i use there.

    January 3, 2014

  • Meg P.

    Hello Cesar, I have a 60mm Nikkor lens and a set of extension tubes... will I be able to use these for the class or should I plan to rent a lens? I have not done much shooting with the lens and haven't used the tubes at all yet.

    January 3, 2014

  • Barry

    Cesar,
    In the event description (above) you mention that you will rent one canon and one nikon macro lens for those people who do yet own one. Can you confirm that is still the case please. I will gladly share the cost with anyone else (canon user) who does not have one.

    January 2, 2014

  • Mignon D.

    Sorry cannot attend. Family function came up which I need to attend. Hopefuly someone on the wait list will move up. Have fun!

    January 2, 2014

  • Cesar R.

    If you are serious in Macro photography you have to get a macro lens other wise yo can use the alternatives that other members have mentioned.
    A Macro lens gives you 1:1 magnification with extension tubes you can get 2:1 or more.

    January 1, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Joe, I like you comment (good one). I have a macro lens, but I prefere to used my Bellow (Manual). Also I have a Riversed Ring (Less than 10.00 on B&H) and a kit Extender Tube (3 piring) for Canon. In my personal opinion a Bellow, let me be more creative and cost less.

    January 1, 2014

  • Marla

    Part of my New Years resolution is to explore my creative side, capture events that I'm not familiar with and build my knowledge and portfolio. Hope a few spots open up so I will be able to attend. Looking forward to participating with this group -- my first venture into meetups.

    January 1, 2014

  • Joe M.

    Steve G. try a reversing ring and mount a 50mm lens in reverse threaded on front of that macro.

    January 1, 2014

    • Steve G.

      So that would give even more magnification than the 105mm by itself. I thought the purpose of having a macro lens was that I wouldn't need further magnification. Under what circumsances would I add the 50mm lens?

      January 1, 2014

    • Joe M.

      A macro lens does 1-1 or life size- There may be times when 2-1 0r greater is required. Like to photo the eye of a Fly. That's tiny! Often times a Bellows is needed for such scientific pics. My recommendation of a reverse 50mm or 24mm reversed on a[masked]mm zoom, gets most people a cheap way to achieve macro shots.

      1 · January 1, 2014

  • Camille

    Please add me to the wait list, very interested in macro photography. Thanks and Happy New Year to all.

    December 31, 2013

  • Steve G.

    I have Nikon 105mm Macro lens but no extension tubes. Is that OK?

    1 · December 31, 2013

  • Jean P.

    Would like to come but I have to work that weekend. Next time I hope.

    December 31, 2013

  • Manny

    Will not be able to make because my parents will be out of the country and I have to run the shop....

    December 19, 2013

  • Allan E.

    Small things come in good packages or something like thant!
    Looking forward to seeing Cesar and Iram and everyone else.
    Just got back from NYC.

    December 14, 2013

  • Michelle M.

    Wow! You gotta be fast around here!:-)

    December 12, 2013

    • Ricardo V.

      Michelle, we are set to a fast shutter speed.

      1 · December 13, 2013

  • Jose F.

    Donde va a ser este evento?

    December 12, 2013

  • Meg P.

    I just discovered this group, and am really hoping that you will be able to fit me in to this class... if you do find room, how will you let me know?

    December 12, 2013

    • Cesar R.

      Hi Meg, welcome to our group, the system will automatic move you to a confirm spot when one of the members that have a confirmed reservation changed to a not going.

      1 · December 12, 2013

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