Macro Photo Conference 2016
Sponsored by Tamron and Hunt’s Photo
This is a unique annual photo conference dedicated to macro photography. I’ve always wanted to design a program where professional photographers could come together and teach their skills in macro photography and post processing techniques to those who want to learn, and advance their macro photography to the next level.
This Macro Photo Conference will have plenty of how-to lectures and five hours of photographing with varying subject matter. The speakers will be available to help participants with composing subjects and technical aspects. So you need to bring your camera, macro lens, and tripod.
Speakers will have their books available, and will be happy to sign them for you.
We will also have a discussion on getting your images published, and selling through stock agencies with former Outdoor Photographer Magazine editor Rob Sheppard, and KAC Stock Agency owner Kathy Adams Clark.
The Crazy Frog Lady, Lisa Cuchara will have her exotic frogs back again for you to photograph.
Leading New England photo retailer Hunt’s Photo will be there selling lots of photo products. Tamron will have a tech rep on hand with lenses available for you to try out.
There will be a limit of 100 participants, and it should sell out quick. Last year we had participants from 16 different states.
213 Taunton Ave, Seekonk, MA 02771
Dates: October 29th and 30th 2016
Times: Saturday 8:00am to 6pm – Sunday 8:00am – 3pm
For those flying in, use the T.F. Green Airport (PVD) in Warwick, Rhode Island which is about 20 minutes from the hotel.
The hotel has an airport shuttle service if you don’t want to rent a car.
Rooms at the hotel range from $99, $109, and $119. To register for a room at these rates ask the Macro Photo Conference rates. (508) 336-8700.
Mike is an international award winning professional macro photographer. His images and articles have been published in Outdoor Photographer Magazine, Natures Best Magazine, Shutterbug, PC Photo Magazine, Nature Photographer Magazine, Photolife, Whisper In The Woods, Michigan Game Finder, NANPA’s Expressions Books, Pure Michigan Book, Tamron’s blog,and Fujifilm’s Newsletters. Mike has won numerous local and international awards, and is a member of Tamron’s “Image Masters”. Mike offers many options to learn about macro photography. http://www.tinylandscapes.com
The Properly Equipped Macro Photographer
As a pro macro photographer I am asked many times what is the equipment that I use. In this video I will cover the camera, lenses, tripod/head and all the accessories that I use to make my living. Hunt’s photo will have all the products that Mike talks about for sale at the conference.
Tony is a Nikon Legend Behind the Lens and a GuraGear Pro.
Tony has authored five books on the art of photography: Fine Art Nature Photography (’02), Fine Art Flower Photography (’05) Fine Art Nature Photography: Water, Ice, Fog (’07), Fine Art Digital Photography (’09) and HDR Photography (2011). He and Masterphoto Workshops have co-produced four photography DVDs: Visual Artistry, HDR Made Easy, Visual Literacy and Flower Photography Artistry, as well as an iPhone instructional video series. His Creativity Seminar Video is available and “On Location-Cape Cod” will be released for digital download, April 2016.
After successful careers as a jazz musician/ educator, and professional magician, Tony settled on photography as his chosen means for personal expression. Tony has become an in-demand speaker throughout the United States and Canada on creativity in the digital age.
Tony and Susan Milestone conduct Visual Artistry photography location workshops in the United States, Canada, and Iceland. Tony maintains an active speaking schedule to photography organizations, industry trade shows and PPA schools across the continental United States and Canada. He also conducts an annual Visual Artistry Creativity Seminar series.
Tony’s photography is published worldwide in every medium and is represented by Getty Images. His iPhone photography is represented by Aurora Photos. Tony’s images are also used by Nikon, MacPhun, Singh Ray, Alien Skin, Topaz, Lensbaby and others for national ad campaigns.
An interview with Tony on macro photography was published in The New York Times.
Tony and Susan live in Eldersburg, MD with cat-child, Akira.
Macro and Post Processing
Tony will discuss macro subject selection, composition, macro gear, and will illustrate processing a variety of macro images amply illustrating the creative use of plugins such as Nik, Topaz, and more. Processing using ACR and Luminosity masks will be illustrated, also. Questions are encouraged throughout the presentation.
Rob Sheppard is a photographer, author, naturalist and nature photographer, editor and videographer. Rob is a Fellow with the North American Nature Photography Association, and many people also know him as the long-time, previous editor of Outdoor Photographer magazine. He has written many books and magazine articles but what is most important to him about them is knowing that he has helped people become better photographers and gain a better connection to nature. Some of the books he has done: Landscape Photography: From Snapshot to Great Shot, Macro Photography: From Snapshot to Great Shot, The Magic of Digital Nature Photography, National Geographic Field Guide to Digital Photography, and 6 Steps to Better Nature Photography (available from website). His website is at
blog at http://www.natureandphotography.com.
The Spectacular View of the Wide-Angle Close-Up
Most people put on a macro lens for close-up and macro work but go no further than that. Yet, there is a whole new world of close-up shooting that will open up to you when you shoot with a wide-angle focal length up close, including macro distances. It changes everything! And will give you images that few other photographers will have. That doesn’t mean there aren’t challenges to doing this, though. Rob will ofter ideas, equipment thoughts and tips on how you can change your approach to macro and master this amazing approach to nature.
Don Komarechka is a nature, macro and landscape photographer located in Barrie, Ontario, Canada. From auroras to pollen, insects to infrared, much of Don’s photographic adventures reveal a deeper understanding of how the universe works. Don uses photography as a way to explore and understand the world around him. Photographing something unusual or unknown is the perfect excuse to learn something new. Don’s work often pushes up against the technical limitations of modern camera equipment and the physical limitations of light itself.
“Pushing the limits of light while still producing visually stunning images is my passion. If someone is captivated enough to re-evaluate the world around them, I’ve done my job.”
The Beauty of Physics:
Magical Macro from Geometry and Bending Light
Macro photographers play by a different rulebook. The challenges faced from the subject matter, the equipment and even the laws of physics make this a challenging genre of photography. It can be abstract, it can tell stories, and it can spark your imagination. It’s a study of lines, shapes and colours in a very technical way.
Step into a world of photography that most artists consider magical. Photographing refracted images within water droplets reveals not only the beauty of simple physics, but it opens the creative doors to unlimited possibilities in macro photography. The same admiration of simple physics can be seen in every snowflake; the admiration can quickly shift to frustration, but with the right tools and techniques, winter becomes a much more tolerable season for those with an eye for details. In the end, the hardest part is simply finding or creating the most beautiful subject.
Specific discussion of the challenges of depth of field and focus stacking will be discussed, as well as many reasons why extreme macro photography can be accomplished entirely handheld – and why this can be an advantage.
Donna Eaton has been a full time professional photographer since 2008. A native of North Carolina she now lives on 6 acres in upstate of South Carolina with her husband, dog, and cats. She spent eleven years as the staff photographer for a raptor rehabilitation and education center before venturing out on her own as a pro photographer. Donna is known for her creative vision and artistic images, and seeing with her heart through her camera. Donna loves teaching and sharing her knowledge with her students, and enjoys watching them grow as photographers. She conducts workshops and is a featured speaker. She has been a leader for NANPA Regional Events, and she is an instructor at John C Campbell Folk School and Bryan Peterson’s School of Photography. Her work is represented by Fogstock and Getty Images.
The Creative Garden, Adventures in Flower Photography
Donna will share information about the creative techniques, thought process, equipment, and effects that she uses to capture creative images of flowers.
Kathy Adams Clark
Kathy Adams Clark has been a professional nature photographer since 1995. She runs the stock agency KAC Productions that represents the work of 15 photographers. Kathy’s photos have been published in hundreds of places including AAA Journey,Nature’s Best, New York Times, Birder’s World, and Ranger Rick. Texas Parks & Wildlife and Texas Highways magazines have used Kathy’s photos on their cover. Her photos have also appeared in a numerous books and calendars including the Barnes & Noble Ireland Countryside Calendar, the cover of the Arbor Foundation Rainforest Calendar, and the Sierra Engagement Calendar. Her photos appear every week in the “Nature” column in the Houston Chronicle written by her husband, Gary Clark. Kathy and Gary have published six books and have one more in the works that combine their photography and writing skills.
Kathy’s photography is featured in Portrait of Houston published in 2012 by FarcountryPress. Photographing Big Bend National Park, published in 2013 by Texas A&M Press, is written by Kathy and uses her photography throughout.
Kathy is Past-president of the North American Nature Photography Association. She teaches photography and is a popular speaker at local and national events. She leads photo workshops to Costa Rica, Ecuador, Africa, Italy, Peru and Morocco through Strabo Tours.
Butterflies can be found almost everywhere. They live on high alpine tundras, low arid deserts, moist tropical jungles, and temperate backyard gardens. Butterflies shimmer with iridescent scales and blend into the leaf litter with muted brown tones. These lovely insects can be a challenge to photograph because they are constantly moving from place to place. Join Kathy Adams Clark to learn how to capture stunning photos of butterflies. Learn how to stalk butterflies, what’s going on in the mind of a butterfly, how to anticipate behavior, and how to find butterflies. This educational session will also include equipment needed for butterfly photography such as macro lenses, extension tubes, close-up lenses, flashes, and focus stacking. Kathy will also illustrate how butterflies can be photographed with basic equipment and a camera with any lens.
Lisa and Tom Cuchara
Lisa, PhD, HonNEC, and Tom, MNEC, are passionate about photography, both behind the lens and in the digital darkroom. They love to photograph nature. From birds and flowers to babies and HDR, they appreciate the world around them and embrace the challenge of interpreting what their eyes see and their hearts feel via their photography. Tom and Lisa are both very active in many local and national photography organizations. They have had many successful gallery exhibitions and their photographs have appeared in Adirondack Life, Wild Bird, Birder’s World, in calendars, on the cover of the Wolf Conservation Calendar and on the cover of paperback novel. Their images have won awards at the local, state, national, and international levels. They have presented a variety of instructional programs and workshops (Photoshop, Digital Workflow, HDR, RAW processing, Macro photography, Travel photography, plus fun and interesting travelogue slideshows) at NECCC, PPA, PSA, plus many other camera clubs and other organizations. Check out their photo and editing classes, their photo tours and workshops, and view their photographs at http://www.photographybylisaandtom.com/
“It’s all in the Details”
Slow Down, Stop, and Explore the “everyday details” that are all around us. We will talk about our approach to capturing the intimate details of historic and abandoned buildings, urban decay, gears, old cars, rust, etc. We lust for rust. We will discuss technical, aesthetic, and creative aspects of closeup photography. The program will introduce some equipment and techniques used to bring out the beauty and drama of these subjects. The use of a light tent as a controlled lighting setup for a variety of subjects will also be presented.
Ken Hubbard works for Tamron as the Field Services manager. In addition to taking photographs for the company-for national and international use, he acts as a trainer for new products and technology, sets up and works on all aspects of Tamron field workshops, and as the title suggests- is a supervisor for all aspects of the industry trade shows. Both on the job and off, you can always find him looking for another unique image to fill his camera’s viewfinder.
Ken will be speaking about the Tamron lens options for the macro photographer and answer any tech questions you have.