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The Camera Company Photographers Group March 2013

From: Brian S
Sent on: Sunday, March 3, 2013 4:05 PM
Here is there first newsletter of 2013.

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Subject: The Camera Company Photographers Group March 2013

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  March 2013
Photo by Austin Cope
In This Issue
About The Photographers Group
Next Outing: Yahara Bay Distillery
March Seminars
Photo Contest!
Hey Dave!
A Helpful Little Item!
Group Member Photos
A Couple of Things
Join Our Mailing List!
Quick Links
View our photos on flickr
Find us on Facebook
Do you have an idea for an outing? 
If any of you have ideas for outings or events please post them on the group's Flickr page so we can get some feedback from our members. Or email your thoughts to [address removed] 
Want to see your pictures in this newsletter? 
If you would like to have some of your pictures featured in this newsletter please send an email to [address removed] and state in your email that you grant me permission to use your photos that you have posted on Flickr. 
About The Camera Company Photographers Group 
This group was formed with the idea that people might have fun going to various locations in and around Dane County to photograph places of interest while sharing tips and ideas with others. The group was two years old in April and we have made a lot of good friends during this time. We feel lucky to have so many fantastic and talented people in the group who have all been happy to help each other out on the shoots. If anyone you know would like to join us for the fun we would love to have them. Oh, I almost forgot. The group is free! The only cost would be when we go someplace that charges an admission. We are a shooting group so we don't spend time sitting in meetings or banging gavels. So if you want to get out and shoot with a great bunch of people we are the answer for you. We do have a flickr group where we share our photos and if you want to click on the groups logo you can see the page. Feel free to join our Flickr group and post some of your pictures.
Our first meeting and photo shoot occurred on April 24, 2010   
Next Outing: The Yahara Bay Distillery
On Saturday March 30th The Camera Company Photographers Group will meet at The Yahara Bay Distillery at 1:00 PM.
The distillery is located at 3118 Kingsley Way.
Yahara Bay Seraphine Chai Tea Vodka
Yahara Bay Seraphine Chai Tea Vodka
The Yahara Bay Distillery makes whiskey, brandy, rum, and vodka as well as some other products essential to the survival of mankind.
One of the distillery employees will give us a brief history of distilling and of the process that they go through to produce their fine products. The distillery will offer a lot of macro opportunities so, you guessed it! I will bring some macro lenses for group members to try out. I will also bring a few flashes if some of you would like to try those. The still at this distillery is hand-hammered copper and has interesting texture for macro photos. There are numerous valves and gauges as well as many barrels filled with spirits that we can photograph.
Oh, I almost forgot to mention that we will be able to sample some of what they make and if you would like to purchase some of their products it will be available so you can do that. A bottle of brandy or the exclusive Chai Tea Vodka from this Madison company would make great gift for an out of town friend or relative that would enjoy a real taste of Madison. 
If you would like to sample a wee dram, and you want to learn a little about the distilling of spirits and try out a macro lens join us for our Yahara Bay Distillery outing.
March Seminars    
Come to The Camera Company for these quick, free workshops and seminars, full of practical photo tips to improve your pictures right away. Seating is limited so advanced registration is recommended.
  • The Magic of HDR (high dynamic range) photography
    Saturday March 16th 9:00-9:45 AM (West)
  • Introduction to Lightroom 
    Saturday March 23rd 9:00-9:45 AM (East)
  • Better images with your external flash
    Saturday March 30th 9:00-9:45 AM (West)
Photo Contest!  

1st PRIZE $100.00 Gift Certificate!

Click the contest banner to go to The Camera Company on FaceBook

The Camera Company is announcing a new Photo Contest! The theme is simple: Show us the best photo you've ever taken! The entry period will run until March 31st, 2013. We can't wait to see your amazing photos!

Hey Dave! What are my options if I want to do some macro photography?    
Hey Dave
I would really like to do some macro photography. What are my options?
  1. Macro Lenses
  2. Extension Tubes
  3. Close-Up Filters
Macro Lenses are likely the best option.
True macro lenses are lenses that can focus at extremely close distances. The reason I say
"true macro" is because a lot of the zoom lenses that we encounter will say that they are "macro". If we look at the specifications of theses lenses we might see that the reproduction ratio is 1:4 or 1:2.
Tamron 60mm f2 Macro
If we are using a lens that is 1:2 on a film camera, this would mean that the object would be half life size on the film. For the purpose of this conversation the term macro will refer to lenses with a reproduction ratio of 1:1 or greater magnification. 1:1 means that if we are using a film camera and we shoot at the greatest magnification of the lens the image on the film would life size.  
Say we photographed a dime.
When we took the slide or negative an actual dime would fit perfectly on the image of the dime on the film.
That is what we mean by a one to one magnification ratio.
When selecting a macro lens the things we want to consider is what type of macro shooting we are going to do. The two most common uses for a macro lens will be copy work such as copying photographs or documents, and field work such as photographing flowers or bugs or any other small objects.
Macro lenses are not zooms. They will range in focal length from 50mm up to about 180mm. Most will focus to infinity so you can use them as you would any lens. Most of the macro lenses will work great for portraits since they are about the best focal length for that type of photography. The longer 150mm or 180mm versions will work fantastic as telephoto lenses.  
More exotic lenses like the Canon MP-E 65mm will not focus to infinity so they are used strictly for macro work. The MP-E with its reproduction ratio of between 1:1 and 5:1 (read that 5x life-size) is advertized by Canon as being able to fill the frame with "a grain of rice". The MP-E is a super lens for someone that needs or wants to do some very serious macro work, but might not be the best pick for most of us.
For copy work most people will be looking at something like a 50 or 60mm lens. These lenses will be the best choice in this situation because you do not have be so far away from an 8x10 page to get the entire image in the frame. This is important because most copystands do get high enough to get the 8x10 in the frame with something like a 100 or 105mm lens.
All of the manufactures have really great macro lenses in the 50 to 60mm range. These lenses are all 1:1.
For field work the longer 90, 100 or 105mm lenses will generally work better because you get a little more working distance between you and your subject. The greater working distance will make it easier to get some light on the subject if you are using a flash or other lighting. In an available light situation you will be less likely to cast a shadow on your subject.
All of the manufactures will have great macros for the longer field work type lenses which I think is what most people in the group would use. 
Sigma 150mm Macro
The Sigma 150mm f2.8 EX DG OS HSM APO Macro has Sigma's Optical Stabilization. Owing to its Hyper-Sonic  Motor focus is very fast and quiet. It is designed for full frame cameras but will work on the cameras with APS-C sensor as well with an effective focal length of 225mm! It also has a tripod mount.    
Nikon has the 85mm and the 105mm. Both of these lenses have the VR (vibration reduction) system.
Canon has the 100mm as well as the 100mm IS (image stabilized) system.
Tamron makes the old standby 90mm as well as a fantastic 180mm. These lenses do not have Tamrons superb VC (vibration control) system as yet. However, much of the macro shooting most people do is done on a tripod so the absence of an image stabilizing system may not be a big deal to some shooters.
Most of the macro lenses are f2.8. The exceptions are the Tamron 60mm which is f2. The Tamron 180mm is f3.5 as is the Nikon 85mm. Thus, lens speed is probably not a big factor when shopping for a macro lens because there is not a significant difference between them.  
Macro lenses are going to start at about $450.00-$500.00 and prices can go north of that pretty fast.
If you are reluctant to make that kind of investment or are not interested in carrying the extra weight keep reading.
Extension Tubes
Extension tubes are tubes that fit between the body of your camera and your lens. This method will provide a lot of magnification, in fact, typically more magnification than a macro lens.  
The tubes do not have any glass in them so there are no worries as far as the quality of the optics  
Extension Tube Set
because other than the glass in your lens, there are no optics to bother about.  
The correct set of tubes will maintain the connection between the lens and the body so your focusing and aperture should all work properly.
The downside of the extension tubes is that the lens will not focus to infinity with the tubes in place.
So if you are out in the forest shooting a tiny mushroom and you see a huge grizzly bear
coming towards you.You will have to change lenses or at least get the extension tubes off before you can photograph the bear. 
The extension tubes are sold in sets of three, and you can increase the magnification by selecting one of the longer tubes or by using two or all three of the tube together. The tubes will work extremely well with the Canon or Nikon 18-55 zoom lenses that many of you all ready own. They also work very well with a 50mm lens. Extension tubes are not compatible with all lenses so the best bet is to take your camera and lens with you into a store and see that they all work well together. The set is lightweight and will only set you back $229.99.
Close-up Filters
close up filters
Close-up Filters Set of Three
The least expensive option is a set of close-up filters. These are sold in sets of three and screw on the front of your lens just like a filter. Like the extension tubes you can increase the magnification by which filter you select or by using more than one on your lens. When the filters are in place the lens will only be able to focus close so as in the mushroom/grizzly scenario mentioned previously you will need to remove the filters before you shoot the bear. Close-up filters are only sharp in the center so they are fine for flowers and small objects but are not suited for copying documents or photos. These close-up sets start at about $55.00 for 49mm and up in price depending on the size you will need. 
One more option is a Canon part called a 500D.
This is a very high quality close-up lens that is available in 52, 58, 72 and 77mm filter sizes. The one I see the most is the 77mm which is widely used by both Canon and Nikon people who are using it on the[masked] f2.8 lenses. It will also fit the Tamron[masked] f2.8 lens.
This combination gives excellent results. In fact, I think that anyone with one of these lenses who has never tried this part has missed the boat. The 500D in 77mm is $189.99.
There are other ways to accomplish macro photography such as using lenses with reversing rings, bellows attachments and by using two lenses attached together end to end, but these are more difficult to do. So, I'll save that for some other time.
I hope that you have found this information helpful and if you have any questions please shoot me an email or stop by the store and I will be happy to help you out.
A helpful little item!  
To me there is just about nothing worse in a picture than a tipped horizon. It is a real disappointment to get all excited shooting a sunset or a sunrise or a ship in the distance and then realize when I get home and take a closer look at my pictures that I did not have my camera level.
I suppose some will say, "Just open it in Photoshop and straighten it out."  Well you can do that but you are cropping out some of what you intended to have in the picture. That is just not a good option for me.
I would much prefer to take the time and get my camera on the tripod and use a bubble level to insure that everything is straight and level.
A bubble level is one of the things in photography that costs the least and does the most.

Here are a couple for you to look at. 
2 Axis Level

The ProMaster 2 Axis Bubble Level makes it easy to line up great shots. Small, lightweight, accurate, and easily stored, Just slide the bubble level into your cameras accessory shoe and adjust your tripod head until you achieve level. The dual axis design makes this easy.
3 Axis Level
The ProMaster 3 Axis Bubble Level allows you to level a camera on 3 planes. When mounted on your camera the bubble level allows you to easily switch from landscape to portrait orientation, giving you precise control over the positioning of the camera.
The 3 Axis is superior to the 2 Axis.

Group Member Photos
Photo by Lindsay Kaun
Photo by Austin Cope
Photo by Rosanne Cash

Photo by Rosanne Cash
Photo by Jason Knipper
Photo by Sevie Kenyon

A Couple Of Things 
We have placed the Photographers Group on The Camera Company website and I would like to be able to have some members comments about the group on there. So if any of you would email me your comment on the group and our activities that would be great. You can sign your first name, first and last name or make up a name.
If we can use this to help gain more members it is better for all because the more the merrier!

We always like to hear about our fellow group members.
Why not write a little something about yourself and share it with us all. Tell us about your interest in photography and how you got started. It is easy once you get going.

Byrne did it. 
Kathy did it. 
Lindsay did it. 
Rosanne did it.
Gary did it.
Bryon did it  
Now it is your turn. 
It won't hurt a bit. 
Write it up and send it to: 
[address removed]

This newsletter would be more fun for us all.
And easier for me to produce if I had more people give me permission to use their Flickr pictures in it.
However, I cannot use your pictures unless you email me permission to do so.
So come on! Help me out. Shoot me an email stating that I have permission from you to use your pictures and please include your Flickr name and your real name.  
If you have already given me permission and have not seen your pictures in a newsletter let me know because I think I have used everyone that I have permission for.
If you have restricted downloading on Flickr you may have to friend me.
We hope to see you at the outings!
David E. Fiala
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