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If you are new to macro photography and having a hard time deciding which f/stop to use when shooting a subject, just shoot a wide range from the smallest f/stop number to the highest f/stop number, and than decide what worked out the best when you get home. The smallest numbers will give you the least amount in focus and the highest number will give you the most in focus.

Here is the first shot using the smallest f/stop with my Tamron 90 at f/2.8.

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Next I used f/8. Adds a little more in focus.

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Next I used f/11. Adds a little more in focus.

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Next I used f/22. Adds a little more in focus.

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Next I used f/32, for the most depth of field and the most in focus.

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You can decide what you like best as far as how much of the subject is in focus when you get home and on the computer. Pixels are free to shoot, so why limit yourself to one f/stop, when you can give yourself more options if you’re not sure which f/stop is the best choice for the look you are after.

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Me at the FCCC Conference

Posted: July 29, 2014 in Uncategorized

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Mark your calendars! I will be speaking at the 2015 Florida Camera Club Council Conference. The conference will be held from March 6th through March 8th, 2015 at Florida Gulf Coast University in Ft. Myers, Florida. I hope to see you there.
In addition to myself, many other well-known top photographers will be presenting and leading workshops throughout the weekend. The keynote speaker will be George Lepp, and popular vendors will be on hand to present their products as well.
To keep up with all new announcements and information, be sure and visit the following link often as we approach the conference date: http://www.f3c.org/f3c-2015-annual-convention/
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The Sales Pitch

Posted: July 28, 2014 in Uncategorized

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A camera store salesman was telling me about his frustration since photography online forums were created. Customers come into the store looking for a camera and lenses and ask for his advice. He would go through his sales pitch and once he was finished the customer would start in with, well this guy on this forum said this, and another guy on this forum said this and on and on. Every sale was a battle with the customer on who was right, the salesman or the people online.

So he came up with this line. When a customer comes in and starts with the what everybody online was saying and paying no attention to what he says, he tells them to find a photographer that they look up to and admire the look of their images, find out what kind of equipment they use and buy that.

If you use the same equipment as the photographer you admire, than your images will look just like theirs, Right?

 

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Last year I posted that we all process a little different, and each photographer’s eye for processing may vary, so I asked for 10 volunteers to take one of my images straight out of the camera, and use what ever processing software programs they prefer, and do their thing.

This was not a contest or to compete to see who’s image is the best, just curious to see the differences in each photographer’s artistic eye for processing.

Here is the image out of the camera that I sent everyone.

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Processed by Maralee Park.

She use Nik Sofware, Viveza and Color Efex.

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Processed by Janice Meyers-Foreman

Using photoshop cs5, I duplicated the layer and changed the blend mode to multiply, I also use a Florabelle action called Cosmopolitan. Their actions are quite nice – but I find that I always find something to tweak to get it just the way I like it, sometimes I will use two of them together.

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Processed by Sue Henry

  • CNTR J – duplicate layer in PhotoShop (I just got CS6)
  • Used the healing brush on just a few places that caught my eye
  • Slight levels adjustment
  • Ever so slight hue/saturation adjustment
  • Color Efex Pro 4 — this is where I can’t remember exactly, but I probably used tonal contrast and lighten center/darken edge
  • I then took the image into Viveza, where, using the brush I worked on only the bug. I really wanted to emphasize him – didn’t want him to look like an accident!
  • A second pass through Viveza with a subtle tweaking globally on the whole image
  • I used a Kim Klaussen texture — KKPortrait — as a texture overlay. It’s a very subtle, but rich, golden-color texture which helped (in my opinion) add to the richer color to the image while adding a subtle darkening around the edges of the image which in turn helps pull the eye to the center of interest. I masked several areas of the image to enable the detail to not be hidden by the overlay.

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Processed by Dan Wiedbrauk

Nik Color Efex Pro – Detail extractor to bring out some of the detail in the small flowers and around the base of the large flower.

NIk Viveza – Added structure and contrast to the bug and the little flowers

Lightroom CS5 – Cropped the bottom and a little off the side, darkened the background, levels and curves, added a little saturation, and applied some selective sharpening using the unsharp mask.

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Processed by Amy Maranto

I used a software program called GIMP: http://www.gimp.org/
It is open source image editing software. It is what I use instead of photoshop. I suspect it is most similar to Photoshop CS3 or 4. It has more bells and whistles than Elements, but fewer than Lightroom. It is free and works well on both my PC and Mac. I have used tutorials on Youtube to learn how to use it.
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Processed by Myer Bornstein
I post processed in PS 6 with NIK Color EFEX Pro, then did a quick mask in the insect and sharpened it to make it stand out more.
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Processed by John Studwell
Opened it in CS6 where I used Filter – Stylize – Find Edges and saved it.
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Processed by Mike Newman
I used Lightroom 4 for the edit. I used to use Photoshop almost exclusively, but with this new version of Lightroom, I find myself gravitating towards using it more and more.
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Processed by Ronald Murphy
I used Lightroom 4.1 as I do for most of my image editing, though I’m usually working in RAW.
In studying the image, I was attracted to the long curves of the petals(?) and the bug. My goal was to emphasize that aspect and suggest the “bug highways” I saw in the curves.
I used cropping and color adjustments to try and accomplish this.
You probably don’t need the detail, but Lightroom changes included:
increased contrast
decreased shadows, whites and blacks
tweaked the hue settings for red, yellow, and orange
boosted green hue toward blue range but then decreased green saturation and luminance to get a darker green background that I thought better complemented the new pinker hues of the petals
sharpened the image a bit
reduced noise generated by my changes in the noise and luminance settings.
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Processed by Ken Robb
Nik Color Fx 4
Brilliance/Warmth
Warmth 58%
Perceptual Sat 22%
Foliage
Method 3 @ 63%
Pro Contrast
Correct Contrast 23%
Dynamic Contrast 32%
Levels & Curves
Reduced Highlights
Darken/Lighten Center
Center Luminosity 26%
Border Luminosity –48%
Center Size – 14%
Centered on the bug
Nik Viveza
Added Structure to the bug
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What a diference in each photographers vision when processing.
and
Here was my own Version processed with Nik Software, Color Efex and Viveza.
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Thanks to all the photographers that participated, and took the time to process the image.
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For those who wanted that Acratach Ballhead and wasn’t the lucky winner, I contacted Gary Farber at Hunt’s Photo and asked if he could offer a nice discount to my viewers and they came through with this savings.

Mike,
Per your emails with Gary, here is a link to $30 discount off Acratech Ultimate Ball Head.
Please advise your students and followers they can also call our store at (800) 221-1830 and use these promos codes to purchase over the phone.

Promo expires end of Sept. but we can extend it.

coupon code: OzVzr

direct link to product to purchase below.

Acratech Ultimate Ball Head w/Quick Release & Detent Pin

http://www.huntsphotoandvideo.com/detail_page.cfm?productid=1115&mfg=Acratech&show=yes&sp=OzVzr

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We’re in full summer mode now, and the main color is green. Travel through the woods and fields and all you see is green. It’s green everywhere, well except for a splash of accent color here and there with some flowers.

Last year I was up in the Traverse City, Michigan area and shot these at the Sleeping Bear Dunes and the Boardman River Nature Center.

Did my best with all the greens subjects.

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Fern and Nik Software

Posted: July 24, 2014 in Uncategorized

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Here is the fern out of the camera.

I added the Bleach Bypass filter in Nik Software Color Efex Pro 4.


 

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