Wednesday, 30 November 2016

23 November 2016 | David Harris, LRPS: Macro and Close-up Photography

On 23 November we were joined by David Harris, who presented an evening of Macro photography. He had brought with him a number of prints. There are copies of these images on his website (http://www.davidharrisimages.co.uk/) but to do them justice they really need to be seen in high-res!

David started the evening explaining a little about his setup and kit. Most of his subjects are shot in situ, and for this he uses the invaluable Wimberley Plamp (yes – it exists! See here for details) to keep his subjects as still as possible. Apart from a macro lens and double flash-head, the kit is refreshingly simple.

He explained that the depth of focus of macro photography is incredibly shallow, and to get around this, he uses a method called focus stacking. Taking a series of between 15 and 40 shots, at different focal lengths, he uses Photoshop to build up a composite image of all the areas of the images that are in focus. This YouTube page has a bunch of tutorials which explain it better than I ever could.


The final part of the evening was made up of images from some of the journeys David has been on – including a fascinating trip to Chernobyl and Pripyat. A trip to Mount Etna was accompanied by some incredible close-up shots of the volcanic rock which has an almost lunar quality to it. It was, as ever, good to see a photographer making full use of a subject in a red jacket in one of his shots… 



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