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Last weekend I was in Holland Michigan for the SWMCC Photo Weekend doing some presentations.  I spent one morning walking through the downtown area of Holland studying the plants and flowers in raise boxes.  I came across this nice hosta plant that the early morning sun was backlighting.  You can see the large leaf in the top right has a nice pattern created from the sun.  Always keep your eyes open for cool things like this.

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Here is a nice tight shot of that leaf.

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Macro Boot Camp
Ramada Plaza
Grand Rapids, Michigan
May 13th, 14th, 15th, 2016
Cost $199
Sleeping rooms will be available for $89.
Near the airport with free shuttle service.

 

The “MACRO BOOT CAMPS” are three days of in depth learning, fun, and entertainment. You will need a camera, macro lens, tripod, as you will be shooting in the classroom. It is for the beginner to the intermediate photographer wanting to learn more about the macro world in nature.
Times for the Macro Boot Camps,
Friday 5:30pm – 8:00pm
Saturday 9:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday 9:00am – 2:00pm
Covered in the Macro Boot Camp:
The Best, Cameras / Lenses / Tripods / Heads / Accessories.
Controlling light with diffusers and reflectors, and LED lights / working with natural lighting
Camera functions for Macro
How to control depth of field with f/stops / macro and ISO / focus stacking with Helicon Focus
Composition
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 Subjects
Learn when, where, and how when looking for subjects through out the four seasons.
How to shoot macro indoors.
Post Processing
Learn how to process images with photoshop.
Enhancing images using Nik Software’s Color Efex Pro / Viveza 2 and Topaz.
Bring your camera, lens, and tripod. Tons of cool subjects to shoot.
Sign up click here

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I just got this note from the people at Think Tank Photo Bags.
Macro Boot Camp
Fireside Inn & Suites
West Lebanon, New Hampshire
April 29th, 30th, May 1st, 2016
Cost $199

 

The “MACRO BOOT CAMPS” are three days of in depth learning, fun, and entertainment. You will need a camera, macro lens, tripod, as you will be shooting in the classroom. It is for the beginner to the intermediate photographer wanting to learn more about the macro world in nature.
Times for the Macro Boot Camps,
Friday 5:30pm – 8:00pm
Saturday 9:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday 9:00am – 2:00pm
Covered in the Macro Boot Camp:
The Best, Cameras / Lenses / Tripods / Heads / Accessories.
Controlling light with diffusers and reflectors, and LED lights / working with natural lighting
Camera functions for Macro
How to control depth of field with f/stops / macro and ISO / focus stacking with Helicon Focus
Composition
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 Subjects
Learn when, where, and how when looking for subjects through out the four seasons.
How to shoot macro indoors.
Post Processing
Learn how to process images with photoshop.
Enhancing images using Nik Software’s Color Efex Pro / Viveza 2 and Topaz.
Bring your camera, lens, and tripod. Tons of cool subjects to shoot.
Sleeping rooms will be available for $99.
Sign up click here

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 If you are new to macro photography and having a hard time deciding which f/stop to use when shooting a subject, just shoot a wide range from the smallest f/stop number to the highest f/stop number, and than decide what worked out the best when you get home. The smallest numbers will give you the least amount in focus and the highest number will give you the most in focus.
Here is the first shot using the smallest f/stop with my Tamron 90 at f/2.8.

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Next I used f/8. Adds a little more in focus.

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Next I used f/11. Adds a little more in focus.

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Next I used f/22. Adds a little more in focus.

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Next I used f/32, for the most depth of field and the most in focus.

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You can decide what you like best as far as how much of the subject is in focus when you get home and on the computer. Pixels are free to shoot, so why limit yourself to one f/stop, when you can give yourself more options if you’re not sure which f/stop is the best choice for the look you are after.

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As a pro nature photographer, part of my business is to submit articles to photo magazines, and I’ve been very fortunate to have many articles published. 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. In 2004 I  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 figure out how to get it done as I go.
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.
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, and I haven’t submitted any articles in a coupe years. 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.

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Speaking Tonight

Posted: July 31, 2015 in Uncategorized

I’ll be presenting the keynote program for the SWMCC Photo Weekend tonight, held at the Knickerbocker Theatre in Holland, Michigan.  Should be tons of fun, and speaking on creating great macro images.  Program starts at 7:30.

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