Studio- and Architectural photography with Focus-Stacking (EN)
The (physically limited) depth of field has always been one of the most important challenges in photography. In digital photography, with its constantly increasing resolution of image data, even the technique of classically stopping down no longer solves the problem. Due to the ever smaller pixels on image sensors, stopping down very quickly leads to line distortions, thus to visibly inaccurate photographic scene depictions and significantly less sharp images. However, digital image processing also results in new solutions.
With the technology of focus stacking, i.e. the „layerwise“ shooting of a subject with an optimal, relatively open aperture, and the subsequent calculation of the individual shots, images are created with an almost unlimited depth of field and thus extremely accurate scene depictions and image quality. Integrated into a well thought-out work flow, the path to the finished image is only slightly longer than with the traditional tilt/shift technique and in many cases, will produce far exceeding results.
The focus stacking technique originates from macro photography. With the appropriate equipment it can also be applied in still life photography as well as architectural and landscape photography. On the first day of the workshop we will dive into the world of studio photography after a short theoretical introduction. For this, several objects in varying sizes will be set up, allowing us to explore exciting and possibly abstract photographic worlds with equipment from ALPA, Novoflex and Phase One. The course will be led by specialists from ALPA, Novoflex and Phase One.
On the second day we will work with the technique of focus stacking in architectural photography. Again, the extensive equipment will be available to participants for testing and use, along with the accompaniment of the above mentioned instructors and the architectural photographer Alexander Schippel. The workshop will conclude with a group discussion of the results.