Micro Photography with the EF 50mm f/2.5 Canon MicroLens

Hello everyone. Today I want to talk about Micro Photography which when done properly can open a whole new world of photographic possibilities for you.  First, let me tell you which lens I use.  I have an EF 50mm f.2.5 Canon lens. This is by no means a top of the line lens, but this one that I own, have great glass which in term translates to beautiful sharp images.

Last week during the studio light class give my students a little demonstration of how to use it with and without extension tubes. I am including a couple photos and more information about the lens and the extension tubes in case you want to purchase your own.

These photos of the inside of a red bell pepper were created, first using the minimum focusing distance of the lens. I normally don’t bother to focus; I just extend the focusing to the minimum focusing distance and then move in close until I see the object sharp. When I see it sharp, I take the picture. The second image is the same pepper but this time I placed a set of three extension tubes between the lens and the camera body.  By doing that I can decrease the minimum focusing distance by several inches, in that picture you can see that I was so close that I capture just a few seeds and the vein in the background out of focus. Again, this was accomplished by using extension tubes which increases the distance between the camera and the lens allowing you to get about 3/4 of an inch close to the subject. Since extension tubes do not have any glass in it, they do not affect the quality of the final image; I use Vivitar extension tubes for my camera since they are about $300.00 less than the Canon extension tubes. The following is a link to the Canon lens that I use.
https://www.usa.canon.com/…/mac…/ef-50mm-f-2-5-compact-macro

This is a link to the Vivitar extension tubes.

https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx…

Just for comparison look at this Canon extension tube, the price is for ONE, not a set of three like the Vivitar. Again, these tubes have no glass! So if you can afford it and want just Canon stuff or Nikon or whatever you use, buy them. I use items that work with my equipment and do not hinder the resolution of the final image.

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/…/Canon_9199A001_Extension_Tub…

 

Ignacio

 

Photography classes for Spring of 2018.

Hello Everyone,  the new classes for Spring 2018 will start soon, any person interested in learning photography please contact Laura Smith at 773-907-4440. She will help you register for any of the classes. Thank you.

Photoshop for Photographers $210.00

Photoshop has replaced the darkroom for correcting photographs; corrections that used to be made with chemicals in a darkroom can now be made at your computer! You will learn how to shoot all your photos in RAW format and how to edit images with a few clicks of the mouse. You will also learn how to correct exposure, color, saturation, contrast, sharpness, clarity, layers, and much more.

Tuesdays from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. Starts January 23rd, 2018

Beginning Photography $155.00

Learn the principles of photography with your digital or traditional 35mm camera. You can learn how to use a camera or you can refresh your knowledge of photography. You will learn about lens apertures, shutter speeds, light meter, film or ISO speeds, white balance, histograms, lenses, flash, composition, depth-of-field, digital storage cards, and much more. You will also learn to create great images using techniques like panning, painting with light, night photography, flash photography and others. Prerequisites: Bring either a working 35mm or digital camera with manual exposure controls. Check the batteries. It is very important not to miss the first class!

Saturdays 9:00 am to 11:00 am. Starts January 27th, 2018

1007 Darkroom Photography$155.00

Take your love of photography to the next level by learning basic black and white darkroom skills and how to ‘see photographically.’ You will learn to process film, make photograms, contact prints and enlargements. The course also covers mounting, touch-up, contrast filters, and darkroom craft. Advanced students may also enroll for additional darkroom time to complete projects. Lab hours are from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Prerequisites: You must be familiar with and have access to a working 35-mm camera (not disposable) with manual exposure controls. If you are not familiar with using a 35-mm camera, the Beginning Photography course is highly recommended.

Wednesdays from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm. Starts January 24th, 2018


Studio Lighting Workshop $49.00

Learn how to photograph any subject the way you want, using perfect lighting. In this workshop, you will be introduced to professional studio photography equipment such as flashes and strobe units; flash meters, backdrops, umbrellas, softboxes, and grids. You’ll learn about hard, soft, directional, and diffused light, and how to manipulate natural light. Students should be very confident using the camera in manual mode and not in the automatic setting. Students should bring a film or digital camera that has a manual mode with adjustable settings.

This is a one day workshop that serves as an introduction to the Studio Lighting Class.

January 20th, 2018 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

Studio Lighting Photography $155.00

Learn how to photograph any subject the way you want, using perfect lighting. You will learn how to use flashes and strobe units like a professional. We will cover hard, soft, and directional lighting, as well as diffused light and light ratios. You will also learn how to use a flash meter to measure the output of each light and how to manipulate natural light using reflectors, gobos or diffusion panels. You will use backdrops, umbrellas, softboxes, and grids, to direct light where you need it. Every week you will be photographing something different so you can learn a different technique each time. Students should be very confident using the camera in manual mode and not in the automatic setting. Students should bring a film or digital camera that has a manual mode with adjustable settings.

Saturdays 11:30 am to 1:30 pm, this is a 7-week class and starts on January 27th, 2018

 

Photography for Parents $49.00

Capture your child’s unique qualities by learning the photography techniques for well-composed, professional quality pictures. Whether you have a 35mm camera with interchangeable lenses or simply a compact camera with a built-in flash, you will learn composition and the correct settings in your camera for getting great looking photos. The class is for everyone! You may bring one child to this workshop for practice if you wish. Students should bring a film or digital camera with a flash. A camera with a manual mode with adjustable settings is preferred but not required.

One day seminar from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm January 20th, 2018

 

A trip to St. Louis to see the eclipse.

Hello, everyone.  Well, now that the eclipse is over, we can all go back to our lives and relax a little. My wife and I took a trip to Festus Missouri to witness the event.  Using Google Maps, I found a private boat club on the edge of the Mississippi River where we “kind of trespassed onto the property”.  One of the people in charge came over and he actually welcomed us, but not before letting us know that we were on private property.   But they let us stay for this historic event as long as we stayed out a few places and cleaned up any debris we might have had.   This was a nice place to see the eclipse from.  The best thing for me as a photographer was that I could just concentrate on what I was doing and nothing else. Everyone, there was doing the same thing.  In the end, the event was so awesome that none of my pictures can convey what we all witnessed there.

To capture the sun in the middle of the eclipse I used a filter to reduce the brightness of the sun by 18 stops!  That is the darkest filter that I have ever used. Of course, when the amount of light is reduced by that much, you cannot capture anything else but the sun and maybe some clouds, which is what I captured.  At the moment of totality, I took the filter off to capture the incredible site. It was just as they said on the National Geographic Chanel, the temperature dropped about 15° the crickets started to “chirp” very loudly and the stars came out. IT WAS AWESOME!!!

And please don’t forget about my upcoming classes at Truman College.

Hello everyone.  Hope your summer has been GREAT!  The new classes for Fall are going to start soon, I hope that many of you sign up for the classes. The new schedule is as follows:

Beginning Photography: This is a class for new students of photography.

September 9th to October 21st, Saturdays 9:00 am to 11:00 am.

Studio Lighting Photography: This is a class for students interested in learning about lighting.

September 9th to October 21st, Saturdays 11:30 am to 1:30 pm.

Darkroom Photography: Learn how to expose your film correctly in the camera and how to develop it in the darkroom.

September 6th to October 18th, Wednesdays 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm.

Photoshop for Photographers: This class is for people that want to learn how to use Photoshop to edit their photos.  This class is strictly for beginners.

September 5th to October 17th. Wednesdays 7:00 am to 9:00 pm.

Truman College is also offering some photography workshops for students who want an introduction to lighting or for parents who just want to learn a fast way to photograph their children.

Studio Lighting Workshop: This is an introduction to studio lighting for students who want to start learning about lighting.

On class, August, 26th, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

Photography for Parents: This is a workshop for parents who have a new camera and want to learn how to photograph their children.

One class, August 26th 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.

Please sign early it is very easy, just call 773-907-4440 and ask for Laura Smith, she will take care of you.

 

Ignacio

New photography classes for Spring 2018 at Truman College

Hello Everyone,  the new classes for Spring 2018 will start soon, any person interested in learning photography please contact Laura Smith at 773-907-4440. She will help you register for any of the classes. Thank you.

 Photoshop for Photographers $210.00

Photoshop has replaced the darkroom for correcting photographs; corrections that used to be made with chemicals in a darkroom can now be made at your computer! You will learn how to shoot all your photos in RAW format and how to edit images with a few clicks of the mouse. You will also learn how to correct exposure, color, saturation, contrast, sharpness, clarity, layers, and much more.

Tuesdays from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. Starts January 23rd, 2018

Beginning Photography $155.00

Learn the principles of photography with your digital or traditional 35mm camera. You can learn how to use a camera or you can refresh your knowledge of photography. You will learn about lens apertures, shutter speeds, light meter, film or ISO speeds, white balance, histograms, lenses, flash, composition, depth-of-field, digital storage cards, and much more. You will also learn to create great images using techniques like panning, painting with light, night photography, flash photography and others. Prerequisites: Bring either a working 35mm or digital camera with manual exposure controls. Check the batteries. It is very important not to miss the first class!

Saturdays 9:00 am to 11:00 am. Starts January 27th, 2018

1007 Darkroom Photography$155.00

Take your love of photography to the next level by learning basic black and white darkroom skills and how to ‘see photographically.’ You will learn to process film, make photograms, contact prints and enlargements. The course also covers mounting, touch-up, contrast filters, and darkroom craft. Advanced students may also enroll for additional darkroom time to complete projects. Lab hours are from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Prerequisites: You must be familiar with and have access to a working 35-mm camera (not disposable) with manual exposure controls. If you are not familiar with using a 35-mm camera, the Beginning Photography course is highly recommended.

Wednesdays from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm. Starts January 24th, 2018

Studio Lighting Workshop $49.00

Learn how to photograph any subject the way you want, using perfect lighting. In this workshop, you will be introduced to professional studio photography equipment such as flashes and strobe units; flash meters, backdrops, umbrellas, softboxes, and grids. You’ll learn about hard, soft, directional, and diffused light, and how to manipulate natural light. Students should be very confident using the camera in manual mode and not in the automatic setting. Students should bring a film or digital camera that has a manual mode with adjustable settings.

This is a one day workshop that serves as introduction to the Studio Lighting Class.

January 20th 2018 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

Studio Lighting Photography $155.00

Learn how to photograph any subject the way you want, using perfect lighting. You will learn how to use flashes and strobe units like a professional. We will cover hard, soft, and directional lighting, as well as diffused light and light ratios. You will also learn how to use a flash meter to measure the output of each light and how to manipulate natural light using reflectors, gobos or diffusion panels. You will use backdrops, umbrellas, soft boxes, and grids, to direct light where you need it. Every week you will be photographing something different so you can learn a different technique each time. Students should be very confident using the camera in manual mode and not in the automatic setting. Students should bring a film or digital camera that has a manual mode with adjustable settings.

Saturdays 11:30 am to 1:30 pm, this is a 7 week class and starts on January 27th 2018

Photography for Parents $49.00

Capture your child’s unique qualities by learning the photography techniques for well-composed, professional quality pictures. Whether you have a 35mm camera with interchangeable lenses or simply a compact camera with a built-in flash, you will learn composition and the correct settings in your camera for getting great looking photos. The class is for everyone! You may bring one child to this workshop for practice if you wish. Students should bring a film or digital camera with a flash. A camera with a manual mode with adjustable settings is preferred but not required.

One day seminar from 9:00am to 12:00 pm January 20th 2018

Ignacio Alvarez

 

Awesome Photography

Artesania Mexicana. In Mexico people still create many things with their own hands, this is how Don Camilo makes a living.

Digital photography classes in Chicago are a dime a dozen. Many people like to share what they learn, I am one of them. The difference is that I been teaching photography since the mid 80’s, when I started teaching people how to use their camera using slide film for proper exposure. The world goes in circles, and many young people today are also feeling the joy of analog film and darkroom photography. I say ‘welcome to muy classes!’.

Check out my Chicago Darkroom and Digital Photography Classes at Truman!