Macro Boot Camp – Iowa

Posted: September 11, 2018 in Uncategorized
Macro Boot Camp
Springhill Suites West Des Moines
1236 Jordan Creek Parkway
West Des Moines, IA 50266
March 2nd, 2019  10am to 4pm
March 3rd, 2019   9am to 1pm
Cost $199
Bring your camera, macro lens, and tripod. There will be lots of stuff to shoot.
Covered in this workshop
Cameras / Lenses / Tripods / Heads / Accessories.
Controlling light with diffusers, reflectors, and LED lights / working with natural lighting.
Depth of Field
How to control depth of field with f/stops and special techniques / focus stacking with Helicon Focus.
Learn how to compose properly / finding character in nature / elements of design / textures / contrast / lines / light / visual weight / learning to work camera angles for blurred backgrounds / Two Subject Compositions / What not to do when composing.
Finding Good Subject Matter
Learn when, where, and how to find good subjects through out the four seasons. How to shoot macro indoors.
Post Processing
Learn Mike’s post processing techniques using photoshop, Smart Photo Editor, Nik Software, and Topaz software programs.
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Milkweed Seeds

Posted: September 9, 2018 in Uncategorized
Learn to shoot like I do by joining my Macro Photo Club,



Shooting Milkweeds

Posted: September 7, 2018 in Uncategorized
Get more instructional videos like this.
Lifetime Memberships into the Macro Photo Club. 140 videos and growing.
Plus other benefits
Only $79

Photo Education

Posted: September 2, 2018 in Uncategorized
It always amazes me when I see photographers spending thousands and thousands of dollars on equipment, buying many cameras, tripods, photobags, etc, over their lifetime, and no money on education.
There are so many pro photographers including my self teaching people the ways to improve their photography.  Yes we do it because it helps us sustain a living but also because of the rewards we get from seeing the excitement from a photographer as he or she learns new techniques, compositions, post processing, etc.
I started a Macro Photo Club one year ago with the idea of teaching macro photography through videos, but also to hopefully get photographers to participate in helping each of our members grow as photographers through our Mike Moats Macro Photo Club facebook group where we post images and ask questions for help.
My thoughts when I started the Macro Photo Club was that we would maybe get 100 members.  To my surprise we have over 900 members and growing each day.
I wanted the price to be affordable and at $79 for a lifetime membership, I guarantee you will not find more instructional macro information anywhere than what I am offering.  Over 140 instructional videos, and growing, covering equipment, composition, post processing, and tips from the field.
Spend a little money on education, you will progress much faster as a photographer than learning on your own.
Companies that sponsor our Macro Photo Club,
Tamron, Vanguard, Acratech, Lensbaby, Hunt’s Photo,Think Tank Photo Bags, Whimberly, Hoodman, Datacolor, Lensflipper.
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Tripod Tips

Posted: August 26, 2018 in Uncategorized
Join my Macro Photo Club and get over 140 videos like this one covering, equipment, composition, post processing, and tips from the field. Members will receive other benefits as well.
New lifetime memberships for only $79
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Learn Through Visual Wilderness

Posted: August 20, 2018 in Uncategorized
Pro nature photographers rely on developing a solid workflow to overcome challenges they face in the field. Lets take an example of one of my favorite the genre of nature photography: Outdoor Macro photography. An outdoor macro photographer faces several challenges while trying to photograph small subjects. To capture successful macro photographs, you need to overcome several challenges.
Finding the Right Subject
While this may sound like it is not a challenge, finding the right subject requires you to slow down and really get close to your subject. If you want to find a good macro subject, I highly recommend that you slow down and immerse yourself in local environment.
Dealing with the Weather
Managing wind is one of the most common challenges to overcome when shooting any subject that is not completely static (such as flowers, leaves, and stems). When possible, we use a fast shutter speed to capture sharp photos of the wind-blown subject. However, we must routinely decide on the right trade-off between DOF (aperture), shutter speed, ISO, and the right filters.
If you find that you are struggling to focus on macro subjects, you are not alone. The focus mechanism on the macro lenses is very slow. Additionally, it is very difficult to re-frame your photos by moving your macro lenses because even the smallest lens movements make your subject fall out of the frame. We employ pre-focusing workflow and focus stacking to capture tiny subjects with just the right amount of details.
Creative Workflow
Technical expertise alone is not enough to capture stunning macro photos. Even if you know how to use your camera and your macro lens outdoors, macro subjects may present problems that will require a creative workflow and out of box thinking.
Our partners at Visual Wilderness are having their Mid Year sale that is focused on developing solid workflows for number of different genre’s of nature photography. Each video tutorials from is can be individually priced at ONLY $39…or you can get Stream All video tutorials on Visual Wilderness for just $9.95/mo (paid annually). Click on the link below to take advantage of this incredible Limited Time Offer.
FYI: Here are few reasons why I find streaming more attractive then purchase:
  • Get unlimited streaming access to ALL landscape photography tutorials on Visual Wilderness.
  • Get access to NEW video tutorials & Upgrades  that are posted while your service is active.
  • As long as your service remains active, your monthly price will not go up.
  • You will never have to worry about losing your video files due to hard drive failure, computer upgrades and crashes.
  • Get access from any location and any device with an high speed internet connection.

Macro Club

Posted: August 17, 2018 in Uncategorized
Lifetime Memberships into the Macro Photo Club. 140 videos. Only $79