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Beyond Macro Photography: Into the Microscopic World

with Charles Krebs

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About The Class

a beginner’s guide to photomacrography and photomicrography.

Photomicrography (photography through a microscope) and photomacrography (using a hybrid combination of microscope optics and conventional camera equipment), opens up vast new areas for exploration. Learn about the tools and techniques essential for exploring these fascinating approaches in Beyond Macro Photography: Into the Microscopic World with Charles Krebs.

In this class, you’ll learn about the most common equipment and techniques used in photomicrography and photomacrography and the difficulties photographers face when shooting such technically challenging images.

Charles will discuss the imaging characteristics and complications that arise while working at high magnifications and he’ll offer solutions for dealing with diffraction effects, severely limited depth-of-field, and vibration problems.

The world around us filled with fascinating subjects too small to seen with the unaided eye. Macro photography provides a peek into this world, but to fully appreciate many smaller subjects it is necessary to experiment with specialized techniques – find out how it is done in Beyond Macro Photography: Into the Microscopic World with Charles Krebs.

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Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Class Introduction

    05:35
  2. 02

    Transition from Macro to Microphotography

    11:33
  3. 03

    The Three Main Optical Issues

    25:53
  4. 04

    Choosing Microscope Optics

    11:32
  5. 05

    Microscope Objectives: The Set Up

    07:53
  6. 06

    The Microscope

    04:31
  7. 07

    Focus Stacking & Working with Your Image

    16:56

Meet Your Expert

Charles Krebs

Charles Krebs’ 35 year career as a freelance photographer has led him down a variety of paths and disciplines. From magazine assignment work for publications such as Smithsonian, Audubon, Time, Food and Wine and Discover, to architectural interiors and exteriors for designers and architects. Always possessing a great interest in the natural world, the desire to photograph the astonishing micro subjects people rarely observe compelled him to begin working with optical microscopes and other extreme-closeup equipment. ... read more

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  • Creativelive Student

    May 2016

    Like the other reviewers I enjoyed this class but would like a very in-depth part 2. He just mention lighting, a ping pong ball and a white dome. I'd like to learn how those are used. Where do you get the dome, what material is it, etc. I'd also like to learn about his specimens. While he mentions what they are, how do you use the water from your bird bath? Does it go on a slide? Please do a part 2. Thanks!

  • Sara Zancotti

    Sara Zancotti

    September 2015

    Super interesting but too short. I would love to have a longer course with Charles! Thank you Charles, you made me remember my childhood. I had a simple little microscope that my father gave me back in the 90s - sweet memories!

  • stamage

    April 2016

    I found this course very interesting. I, like other reviewers, would have enjoyed a longer presentation with more hands on instruction. I'd like something that goes from A-Z, everything from acquiring your subjects (Are they purchased, caught, frozen, pinned, etc) to the photographing of the subject (lighting, etc.), to the end result. The focus stacking was the most hands on portion while other sections were just informative. I really enjoyed the class and Mr. Krebs knows his stuff but I would pay to have another more in depth and hands-on kind of class with Mr. Krebs,

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