I have designed a special studio.
I have found that very close up macro images take on a strange phenomena when they are sharp throughout. They look like they exist as large as you print them — something we are not used to seeing in close-up images.
Way back when I made photographs on film, I had a studio full of five big glowing light tables. Now that I am working on projects that require seeing things very close — using digital imaging — I am back to the light tables.
To make all of my images sharp throughout I went back to my light tables — and back to the engineering I learned in school. My cameras are attached to motors that move them. The motor is attached to computers that control them and change the focus points in precise increments — sometimes as small as 1/100th of a millimeter.
I make up to 50 exposures at different focal points of one object and then stitch them together in computer software. Much like making a panorama, but going vertically with focus.
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