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Focus Stacking using a Promote Control

_S5A6686Just finished writing a “Tip” on using a Promote Control to do focus stacking in the field.

While I was in the Smoky Mountains I was asked how to do this – so the folks who asked please read on.

Here is the link https://shivverma.com//tip-focus-stacking-with-a-promote-control/

or click here

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The Light of Cape Cod – Fall Workshop

October 19 to October 22 (three or four days, your choice)

Mid Fall in Cape Cod is a multi faceted photo opportunity with truly spectacular scenics and some wildlife.  The tourists have all gone, the Oyster festival is over and traffic is not a nightmare.  This very special workshop is for all levels of photographers from beginner to advanced.  The Cape provides some of the most incredible landscapes and seascapes and the light during fall is exceptional.  We will explore and photograph the Capes classic sea shore, sand dunes, light houses and some wildlife (including migratory birds).

Click Here for a PDF with more information.

Registration forms are available on the workshop section of this site or click here

Outgoing Tide and Marsh Grass

Brewster Grist Mill

Cape Cod 33

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Iris Close-up – the effect of white balance

Decided to do some close-up work this morning with an iris (indoors).  The flower was lit with two simple reflector based workman’s lamps each with a 60 W incandescent bulb.  The first setup was created with auto white balance fooling the camera a bit to consider a cloudy situation thereby enhancing the warm tones.

Iris 1 - Canon 7D 100mm f2.8 Macro at f4 - image stack (AWB)

This next image is with a slightly different composition and crop created after doing a custom white balance to have color accuracy despite the mixed light.   Both images were photographed using the identical background.

Iris 2 - Canon 7D 100mm f2.8 Macro at f2.8 - Image Stack (Custom WB)

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Comments from this weekend’s Macro and Close-up workshop participants

I would like to express my sincerest thanks to all the participants who attended the workshop this weekend.  Most of all thanks for your wonderful comments – I am glad you all came away with something of value from the session.

Comments from the participants:

Shiv is a very knowledgeable photography instructor. He presents his material so that everyone can understand the concepts. He was very thorough and open to answering students’ questions. He gave out a lot of useful, practical information that was well worth the price of the course.

This workshop was fantastic. I would recommend it to anyone that wants to learn about Macro or Micro Photography.

Nothing beats this small group format for a workshop. It really provides a one on one feeling in addition to getting to practice what you learned with your peers. All this plus having someone there with Shiv’s expertise to answer and questions, which he encourages you to ask, makes for a great learning experience. I would do this again in a heartbeat. -Matt

This workshop was very informative from the presentation right through to the hands on. 

Shiv’s skill as a workshop leader comes with his ability to articulate difficult concepts in a way for the lay person to understand. I highly recommend!!

The information flowed well-the presentation was easy to follow. hands on with instructor assistance was outstanding. I would attend another seminar/workshop by Shiv any time. Bob B.

Your work lead me to believe that I could learn something from you. Just didn’t realize how much. You packed a lot into this workshop….well worth the price.

Really enjoyed this and would do it again in a heartbeat.

After attending many workshops, this is one of the best. Concepts around macro shooting are difficult to understand and your examples were clear and helped me immensely! I truly appreciate your ability to articulate a concept clearly and concisely. Thanks for a great day…inviting house, lunch and lots of things to work on!

I particularly like how other participants more experienced help out those with less. I felt people were not intimated at all and were free to acknowledge their weaknesses and learn…you helped a great deal with that by announcing that no question was weak…everyone learns something.

Depending on one’s own level of experience…more experienced photographer will get more and those with less, get less but everyone comes away with something…a sign of success in my book. No presenter can meet everyone’s needs but can make an impact even in a small way.

The presentation included a lot more detail and information than I expected.

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Macro & Close-up Photography Repeat Session – March 11, 2012

Black Eye Susan Stacked Focus Result

I will be repeating the 1 day Macro and Close-up photography workshop on Sunday March 11, 2012.  We will start at 9:30 AM and conclude at 5:00 PM.  A pizza lunch is included.

In this macro photography workshop you will learn how to take beautiful macro photos like a pro. You’ll be able to take eye catching macro and close-up photos with great detail and sharpness.

Click on this Macro & Closeup March 11 link for full details and a description of the program.

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Macro and Close-up Photography Workshop – Update

The August 20th workshop was a small group and provided the attendees a lot of personalized attention.  The use of focus stacking was a great hit.  Next is a one-on-one all day session with one of my worship attendees from last month.  Looking forward to that.

 Rose – A 24 Image Focus Stack at f 2.8

Here is a survey comment from one of my participants:

“Shiv is an excellent instructor, knows how to make concepts understandable, and is extremely knowledgeable. No matter what level of photography you are at, he will make sure you you grasp what he is presenting. He uses simple exercises to illustrate the effects he presents so you fully see the reasoning behind his instruction.”

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Plymouth – Macro & Close-up – Part 1

Despite poor weather I had a great turnout for Part 1 of a two part series on Macro and CLose-up photography.  65 plus attended.  Great feedback from the participants.  Part 2 (the hand on session) will be this weekend and as there is a sizable waiting list,  August 20 will be a repeat of Part 2.  Thanks to Amy  Davies and Graham Custard for organizing the program and a big thank you to all who attended.

A few comments from part one as posted on the Plymouth Groups web:

  • I thoroughly enjoyed this lecture, punctuated with examples and humor. It reminded me of my University days, listening to a professor, a true master and genius in his own specialty. A privilege to attend and absorb the information. But …. I have so far to travel in this macro journey !
  • Great presentation; a lot of information to look over. I can’t wait to go to Part II and actually do what Shiv was talking about.
  • Very interesting and I learned alot
  • While Shiv was clear and precise and had a lot of information to give it was way beyond anything I would venture into……but thank you for inviting him to share his EXPERT knowledge with all of us…..thank YOU Shiv………
  •  Thanks, Shiv! I appreciated all the tips that you had to offer and look forward to learning how it is all done on Saturday! Thanks once again, Amy for opening yet another wonderful venue for all of us at PDP !
  • Very well organized! Looking forward to class on Saturday!
  •  A very enlightening evening! If I heard Shiv correctly, I need to pack some aluminum foil, my granite counter top, and toothpicks for Saturday’s shoot. I may add a camera just in case.
  • Excellent presentation. Filled with tons of details about macro and photography in general. I left with a number of new insights.
  • Still trying to process all of the information given out tonite, it was wonderful, intereting, entertaining, what a skilled professional!
  • Excellent presentation. Hopefully will be able to participate in the 2nd part to this lecture when it is scheduled again.
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