If you enjoy viewing butterflies up close, flower pistols and stamens, the texture of a moth’s wings, patterns in a bird’s feather, or any of the millions of small things that surround us then Macro Techniques is for you! Close up photography opens up a whole new world to the nature photographer. By getting close to plants and animals we will have a better understanding and appreciation for their intricacies.
Join Nature Photographer Bruce Taubert and Northern Arizona University photography instructor Amy Horn for two days of skill development in macro photography.
Day one will be an accelerated course on macro basics and learning how to focus stack. We will work on macro techniques using water droplets, milk and oil patterns, moths, flowers and other interesting subjects. You will learn about cameras, lenses, magnification, lighting, equipment and methods for close-up photography, composition, finding specimens, Photoshop techniques, etc. and you will take lots of photos.
The techniques and equipment for close-up photography can be very similar to what is needed for any type of photography but getting really close to nature requires using your equipment differently. In many cases specialized equipment is the best way to photograph these small parts of the whole. As you learn about the equipment you will have opportunities to use the various techniques to take photos of macro subjects. This is not a lecture but a hands-on learning event.
Day two will be focused on photographing water drops, dew drops and other intricate subject matter. Over the two days you will put theory into practice. You will begin to more fully understand the use of different lenses, the need for light diffusion, and the limitations and benefits of getting close. And you will take home beautiful photos of very small things.
- Photographic instruction
- The Art of Macro Photography Book
- Discount on Helicon software purchase
Day 1 – Saturday, July 20
- The workshop will kick-off with a photographer presentation and showcase of macro photography.
- Following the initiation presentation, Bruce and Amy will review and demonstrate various techniques and equipment necessary to conduct macro and close up photography.
- Lunch around noon.
- Immediately following lunch, we will break out the plants, animals, and some very intricate inanimate objects and begin to take photographs of small things. The class will be divided into small groups that rotate through three different photo stations.
- Next, we will discuss and demonstrate “photo stacking” techniques, an important tool for macro work.
- Then everyone will practice using photo stacking techniques to make beautiful photographs.
- At 5:00pm we will conclude our first day.
Day 2 – Sunday, July 21
- Day 2 will begin with a presentation of f-stops, effective f-stop, diffusion, lighting for macro photography, and backgrounds.
- Next, we will work with tent diffusers for all forms of macro photography.
- Lunch around noon.
- After lunch we will hold an image critique and have a general discussion of macro photography.
- We will continue to hone our macro skills and practice at the various macro stations until the workshop ends at 5:00pm.
Equipment & Prerequisites:
The following items will be required to participate in this workshop.
- Digital SLR and/or Mirrorless Cameras (Point-n-Shoots are not adequate)
- Macro lens that allows 1:1 ratio (65mm, 100mm, 200mm, or whatever lens length that allows macro photography)
- Off Camera Flash with Wired or Wireless Cable remote*
- Camera remote-wired or wireless
- Laptop, Card Reader, Flash Drive
- Sturdy Tripod and Ball-head
- Prior to the workshop you will be given information on trial stacking software to download in preparation of the class)
*If you have questions about your existing gear or if you plan to purchase and/or rent gear for this workshop, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will put you in touch with Bruce or Amy.
Workshop will be begin at the Arizona Game and Fish (Mesa Office):
Arizona Game and Fish
7200 E. University
Mesa, AZ 85207
Our workshop will kickoff with a classroom presentation Saturday morning at 8:00am at the Mesa office of Arizona Game and Fish.
Arizona Highways PhotoScapes reserves the right to cancel any workshop if our minimum student enrollment is not met. In the event AHPS cancels a workshop, participants will be given the option to reschedule to a later date or receive a full refund for the workshop components booked directly with AHPS. Please Note: we are not liable for the additional expenses incurred such as airfare, hotel accommodations or any other components booked outside of the workshop.