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

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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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Moats – Monet

Posted: July 20, 2014 in Uncategorized

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Here is my take on the great painter Monet.  I was shooting a group of Black Eyed Susan flowers at the edge of a pond and the water had created a nice reflection of the flowers.  In post processing I decided to do panoramic crop of reflection in the water, and since the reflection of the flowers was upside down, I just turned it 180 degree so the flowers would be upright.  I added a painted look in Topaz and it resembles a nice impressionistic Monet feel.

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Helping Photographers

Posted: July 19, 2014 in Uncategorized

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When a photographer asks for critiques on their images, I would first need to know some information before giving an opinion on their images.  I would want to know if they are just shooting to please themselves, are they shooting for lots of likes when they post their images online, or are they looking for input on images that they intend to sell at some point.  It makes a big difference on the critique based on the answer.

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As a pro nature photographer, part of my business is to submit articles to photo magazines. I am good at teaching people how to become better macro photographers, but I am not a good writer, as I was a below average English student. I’m sure my English teachers from high school would roll in their graves if they knew I have had articles published in major photo magazines. I should spend more time writing and submitting articles to magazines, but writing is my least favorite part of being a pro photographer.

Here is a funny story about the first article I had published. I had submitted my very first query letter about an idea for an article to Rob Sheppard who was the editor at the time for Outdoor Photographer magazine. Rob was quick to reply, saying that he was interested in the idea, and would file it away for future consideration. I thought that was a nice way of saying he was not interested.

A few months passed by and I received a call from the associate editor at OP, letting me know they needed the article and images for an upcoming issue. I was excited but also a little concerned because I have never written an article before, and now have to produce something worthy of publication.

My wife is a teacher, so I knew I would have some help. It takes me a long time just to write a 1500 word article, so it was a few days before the article was ready to present to my wife for review.

She starts to read it and within minutes says, you don’t have paragraphs!

I said, what’s a paragraph?

How funny is this, that I’ve put myself in the position of writing an article for a major publication, and I don’t even know what a paragraph is.

That is the way I am, that if I really want to do something, I will take some risk and fly by the seat of my pants, and figure out how to get it done.

What I was writing was good information, I just needed to know how to structure it properly, just like a macro photographer that has a great subject, but needs to know how to compose it properly.

My wife helped me add the structure needed, and I submitted the article and images. I didn’t hear anything for a few weeks and was imagining Rob saying “this is crap, we can’t publish this“. So I sent an email to Rob asking him if the article was okay, and he replied saying, “everything looks fine”

Wow! my first article is being published. Pretty exciting.

Since that first article published I’ve had many more published, but the first one and the situation I put myself in sure made it memorable.

Since my wife is a very dedicated teacher and heads up many school committees, and works more hours than I do, I hate to bother her with my work, so I have outside help from a lady who tweaks and prepares my articles before I send them out.

Writing articles and e-books has been my least favorite part of being a pro photographer, so I don’t write as much as I should. What’s also strange about writing articles is that I have to write winter related articles in the summer, spring articles in the Fall, and so on. I am six months ahead of the season, so right now as I’m enjoying warm summer days, I’m thinking about winter.

For those of you in the West experiencing the terrible heat wave, here is some cooling images.

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It’s Nice To Share

Posted: July 17, 2014 in Uncategorized

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It was nice of this fly and grasshopper to share this black eyed susan.  It’s always great to capture an image like this with multiple subjects..   Used my Canon G16 point and shoot on this one.

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This is always a common scene on logs in ponds, as turtles are very good about sharing space on exposed logs.  Shot on the same day with the G16.  I gave this one a painted feel using Topaz Simplify 4 program.

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I asked a lady in one of my workshops how many times a month was she able to get out and shoot.

Her answer was,

About once a month.

ONCE A MONTH, THAT”S ONLY TWELVE TIMES IN A YEAR!

How are you going to progress shooting twelve times in a year.

If you are really interested in becoming a better macro photographer, you better try and get out at least once a week. I say at least once a week, but more is better, and if you can’t get out to shoot, shoot something inside for practice.

When I started I shot three and four times a week, and that is what help me grow so quickly as a macro photographer.

The difference from a macro photographer with a huge portfolio of great images and one who has a small portfolio of great images is time spent in the field shooting.

It’s as simple as that, the more time spent shooting, the better you get, and the bigger your portfolio of good quality macro images.

If you look at anyone who is successful at what they do, it came through many, many, hours of practice.

Taking one of my workshops would sure help you as well. :)

Now get out and shoot!!

 

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