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Tom Hicks wrote:
Oh the fun times we have had here. http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/696844/0
My concern back then, and even today, is that a lot of people don't take macro seriously -they don't really see it as "photography" and view it more as just a bunch or odd individuals shooting razor sharp images of bugs. Still too much emphasis being placed on absolute image sharpness and not enough emphasis on composition, lighting, and story telling -all of the things that separate a photograph from a snapshot.
Every time the subject of focus stacking has come up I seem to instantly get placed on the defensive, because inevitably someone will try to claim that I'm against focus stacking. If you want to focus stack, if getting every little detail matters to you, then focus stack. I'm not against the technique, but I am against anyone who tries to claim, or project the impression, that you have to focus stack -it's just another tool in your tool bag, but it's not the tool.
If you want to get published then you need to pay attention to composition, lighting, and story telling -you need to produce photos and not images that look like snap shots. Even if an image editor is looking for an image for a science text book a properly composed image is more likely to make the cut than one that's razor sharp. One final note on focus stacking that I find really ironic: A lot of the organizations that would be interested in a focus stacked image take their own focus stacks. The United States Geological Survey has a pretty impressive focus stacking rig...
Edit: Special Rampai 65 was someone that I admired back in the day -had an amazing eye for composition and lighting.