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In my recent contest to win a Acratech Ultimate Ballhead, I asked the people that entered to guess what kind of bird these feathers came from.  To my surprise a whole lot of people guessed right.  The feathers are from a wild turkey.  256 people guessed right.

All those who guessed right were put in a drawing, and the winner of the drawing was Tammy VanderMolen. So big congrats Tammy, you now own the best head for macro photography.

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Turkey Feathers

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Win the best ballhead for macro photographers
It’s the one I use
Acratech Ultimate Ballhead (value $299)

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To win you have to guess what bird these feathers are from.

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All those who guess correct will be put in a drawing to win.
One entry per person
Send your guess to – macrogeekmike@yahoo.com
Deadline – July 23rd, Winner announced July 24th

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My Interview on Zenjoyable

Posted: July 22, 2014 in Uncategorized
I have an hour long interview on photography and business with host Chamira Young at Zenjoyable.com
Here is the link to the interview.
http://zenjoyable.com/mikemoats/

Last day to enter contest

Posted: July 21, 2014 in Uncategorized

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Win a free entry into one of my Macro Boot Camp through Tamron Lenses. $199 value.

Sign up by midnight tonight.

click here

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Macro Mentoring Course Online

The Macro Mentoring Course is designed to be a personal one-on-one learning experience for anyone wishing to advance their skills in macro (close-up) photography. It is great for those not able to attend any of my macro boot camps or for those living outside of the USA. If you have been fortunate enough to attend a macro boot camp, then this will take you to the next level.

This course is a 12 session program designed to give how-to information on elements of design, two subject compositions, subjects that have character, flower photography, and working with depth of field. The subjects are both natural and man-made. However, bugs and critters will not be shot.

Participants will have a shooting assignment to practice their learned skills. Some assignments will be easy. Many will challenge your creative abilities and teach you how to find subjects and compose them properly. Images from your shooting assignments will be critiqued and fine-tuned with the goal of helping you achieve quality photography and something that you would be proud to hang in your home.

A digital SLR camera, a macro lens, and a tripod are required equipment. It is important that the participant know the basic functions of the camera usage including f/stops, exposure adjustments, ISO, and manual focusing.

You will progress at your own pace. There is no time limit on when each session has to be completed. If you are busy, start back when time allows.

The course will be conducted online through email and videos. You must have internet connection capable of streaming videos from YouTube.

The course costs $249 but it will be the best money you will ever invest in your photography. All correspondents will be done through emails. Participants in the Macro Mentoring Course will receive special discount pricing from Hunt’s Photo, the largest photo retailer in the New England states.

Once you sign up you will receive an email within 24 hours to start the course.

My qualifications:

  • Honored as a “Tamron Image Master”
  • Winner of many photo contests and awards
  • Articles and images published in major photo magazines
  • Sponsorships from many product manufactures
  • Speaker for photo conferences and camera clubs
  • Participated in art show circuit several years
  • Conducted macro workshops for thousands of attendees
  • Past moderator of the macro galleries at photo critique sites
Sign up here

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Macro Workshops

Posted: July 21, 2014 in Uncategorized

2014 Fall dates for Macro Boot Camps. Cost is still $199 for the boot camps.
MBC – Double Tree Hotel, Overland Park, near Kansas City, Sept. 26,27,28
MBC – Holiday Inn, Martinsville (near Indianapolis) IN. October 3,4,5, Cost $199
MBC – Hampton Inn, Minnetonka, Minnesota, October 10,11,12, Cost $199
Old Car City Workshop – (SOLD OUT) White, Georgia, October 16,17,18 Cost $449
Macro Photo Conference – (SOLD OUT) Massachusetts Oct 25,26, Cost $199
MBC – Buffalo Niagara Marriott, Amherst, NY, October 31st, November 1,2, 2014 Cost $199
MBC – (SOLD OUT) Marriott, Cranbury/South Brunswick, New Jersey, Nov. 7,8,9 Cost $199
MBC – Wyndham Hotel, Glen Mills, PA (west of Philly) Nov 21,22,23, Cost $199

For sold out workshops add your name to waitlist, send me an email, macrogeekmike@yahoo.com

For more info and sign ups, go to, http://www.macrostoreonline.com

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Macro Critique Group

Posted: July 21, 2014 in Uncategorized

Daily Macro View

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I have a group on facebook called “Macro Critique Group”. It was set up from the requests of macro photographers that wanted a place to post their images and have other photographers give their critiques.

Here are the guidelines and info about the group.

This group is for those macro photographers looking to receive advice on improving their macro photos. Please understand that critiques given by members are just opinions and doesn’t mean they are right or wrong. If we have people getting nasty over who is right or wrong with a critique, they will be deleted. If you have thin skin, best not to post. You may not receive any critiques, and it may just be people don’t know how to give advice on that image, don’t take it personal. Please only post one image per day, to many images and the critiques will be harder to come by. If you like an image, tell them what it is you like about it, rather than just “Nice Image” if you have a different idea on someone’s image that may help improve it, then let them know. PLAY NICE, I don’t want to be the facebook police.

People have to understand that critiques given are opinions and that is all.

I give opinions to people and I tell them, this is what I would have done if this was my image, but does it mean I’m right, no, it’s just my opinion based on my experiences from past successes I’ve had, and you try and pass that info on through a critique.

People can accept or reject any part of a critique, and that is how a critique site should work. No one should be getting upset over a critique, because it is just an opinion.

I base my critiques on the successes I’ve had with my images through contests, selling seven years in art shows, galleries, and comments that are made through my social media, blog, website, etc.

When I tell someone that I would change certain things that I see in their images, it’s based on those past experience on what has worked for me and what has not worked for me.

Does it mean what I tell people is the right or the only way, no, just means that I am giving a critique based on an opinion.

People will put more value on a critique from a pro over someone who has no credits or accomplishment with their images, but again they still have an opinion and sometimes those people have good ideas.

You have to look at a critique as just someones different take on the image you posted, and you can take or reject whatever you like from that critique.

But some people get mad if they don’t like a critique, but that is wrong as we are all going to have different opinion on composing and image.

Thank those people for taking time to critique your image, as they are trying to help.

I’ve learned and grown a lot as a macro photographer when I was starting out because of the critiques I received. I listened and took what parts I liked from the critiques and past on some of the ideas that I didn’t agree with, but always appreciated those who took the time to critique even if I didn’t agree.

 

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