Colorado Photography Festivalwww.ColoradoPhotographyFestival.com/application.htmMacro Photography Workshop
It's hard to get a unique image these days. It seems that anything and everything you point your camera at already has a thousand stunning images online just like it. Enter the world of Macro. Within 100 feet of where you're standing (no matter where that is) there are thousands of amazing AND UNIQUE images to capture. Moments in time that nobody else can or will see except you. And if that's not fun enough, it all looks new and exciting when you're up close. Even items that you've seen every day of your life become alien to your eyes when you turn your macro lens to them.
This class will introduce you to the world of macro photography, and believe me, there's a lot more to think about than how to find a bug. Once your camera falls onto tiny objects at close distances, everything you thought you knew about photography turns on it's head. Controlling motion blur and depth of field become far more difficult requiring an arsenal of creative techniques to overcome.
The great thing is that much of macro photography can be done close to home (or even in your home), anytime of year and with minimal equipment. Creating "home made" modifiers, flags, wind blocks and more is cheap and easy to do - no need for a ton of studio equipment.
So join me in exploring this lesser known area of photography and you may just find that spending a day in your back yard can be more fun than you imagined.
Class Topics: (In the field approx 5 hrs)
Lens options (macro, micro, 1:1 and not, extension tubes, reverse telephoto).
Depth of Field in the micro world.
Motion blur and methods to control it.
Controlling the elements (wind, sun, etc).
Creating your own Macro equipment (wind tents, diffusers, reflectors, backdrops and more).
Focus stacking methods of capture.
Lunch: (1 hr)
Classroom: (Inside in Golden -- approx 2 hrs to however long people want )
Reviewing the images of the day. We will go over everyone's best images and discuss what's good and what could use work. More importantly we will discuss HOW those improvements could have been made so that you learn from mistakes not just have them pointed out to you.
Post production: While reviewing images we will go over post production techniques, especially those specific to producing better macro outcomes.
Focus stacking development.
Do I need a macro lens to take this class?
Answer: No you don't. However you should at least have a strong telephoto (min. 200mm). A macro is certainly going to expand your options, but much of the basics can still be applied and learned without. This class will also help you to decide what you want in a macro should you choose to buy one later. We will also discuss cheaper alternatives to a macro lens such as lens reversal and extension tubes.
Note: Macro lens can be rented locally and online for a small price.
I hope to see you there,
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