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April 13th, 2016

Focus-Stacking Season

Posted By Michael Frye
Poppies, lupines, goldfields, and tri-colored gilia, Merced River Canyon, Sierra Nevada foothills, CA, USA
It’s spring, which means it’s wildflower season, and focus-stacking season. Last week my wife Claudia and I spent an afternoon photographing flowers in the Merced River Canyon, just west of Yosemite. It was a little past the peak of the wildflower season there, but we still found some nice patches of poppies mixed with other flowers. As I was processing the images later, it occurred to me that all of them required focus stacking. Literally every single one. And this is very common for me when photographing wildflowers.
 
December 12th, 2013

Behind The Shot: ‘Snowflakes’ by Don Komarechka – Barrie, Ontario, Canada

Posted By David Alexander Willis
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Snowflakes are an interesting photographic challenge. Their diminutive size brings many difficulties common to macro photography, and the cold environment does not offer any comfort. Still, the tiny snowflake can be an endless source of opportunity for a photographer up to the task. The process is relatively low-tech: get a dark woolen garment (I use …
 
January 31st, 2013

Creating Depth: Beyond the Wide-Angle Formula

Posted By Michael Frye
El Capitan and the Merced River, autumn, Yosemite NP, CA, USA
Depth can be a powerful tool in photography. Our medium is two-dimensional, but a sense of depth, an illusion of space and distance, can make the viewer feel like part of the scene, and literally and figuratively add another dimension to a photograph. A Common Formula This image of El Capitan follows a common formula …
 
March 25th, 2012

Mastering Depth of Field.

Posted By Jerry Monkman
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Depth of field plays such a large role in the overall look and feel of a photo that I encourage all of my workshop students to quit using program mode and take control of their aperture and depth of field. Letting the camera make this choice seems crazy to me, yet I still see people …
 
July 28th, 2011

Hyperfocal Distance

Posted By Ian Plant
"Explosion" - Mt. Saint Helens, Washington
(© Ian Plant) Finding the hyperfocal distance for any given photo is one of the most vexing technical challenges facing photographers today. Without getting too technical, think of hyperfocal distance as the optimum focus point (combined with an optimum aperture) that will render everything in your photo—from the element in the scene that is closest …
 
May 11th, 2010

Stacking Images For Extended Depth Of Field

Posted By Jerry Monkman
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Getting this shot with all three flowers in focus isn’t possible in one exposure. This is a single image shot at ƒ/16. Notice how only the top flower is in focus. In close-up photography we’re dealing with shallow depth-of-field, even at small apertures. There’s nothing we can do about it in the field—physics is against …