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Places To Shoot

Posted: April 26, 2015 in Uncategorized

Hot Sam’s Antiques

If you are ever about 25 miles south of Minneapolis, check out Hot Sam’s Antiques in rural Lakeville. Awesome place where lots of photographers go to shoot interesting art work created by the owner, and tons of antiques, old cars, old circus trailer, old trucks, and other unusual things.

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5 Things to Consider for Better Photos

1. Finding character. When you are out shooting, go slowly and take the time to study every subject for interesting characteristics. All settings that contain flowers, leaves, trees, and bugs have the potential to reveal elements of character. Character is reflected in an object’s distinctive shape, remarkable lines, exceptional contrast, unusual pattern, unique texture, or special light. Finding character in nature is about creating images that set themselves apart from the ordinary and mundane that most photographers capture.

2. Know your environment. One of the benefits of macro photography is that the environment is constantly changing with the different seasons. The life cycle of the plants we shoot are changing on a monthly basis. Study and learn the patterns of the environment that you shoot in, so you will be in the right place at the right time.

3. Are you creating art or just documenting? When you photograph a flower, does it tend to look documented, like something you would see in a flower identification textbook? In documented photos, it shows the flower and the environment it grows in with all the clutter. Are you creating artistic compositions with a clean background that allows the flower to stand out? Find the right camera angle with the least distracting background that allows the flower to stand out, creating a more artistic composition.

4. Do you think before you press the shutter? Once you find a subject and set up your tripod and camera to take the shot, do you think to yourself, “Have I seen this subject composed in this manner before?” If you have, then don’t shoot. We all study other photographer’s work online, and we have all seen thousands of images of flowers and other macro subjects. If you are composing your subject as you have seen it done before, then find a way to compose the subject to make it different than anything you have seen before. If you want your images to stand out, then stop copying others and come up with your own unique way of seeing a subject.

5. Software for post-processing. By following these tips, you can produce some unique and artistic photos. You may have found a subject with great character, and you have composed it in your own original style, but when it comes out of the camera, it lacks life. Digital cameras are not designed to produce finished photos, that’s up to the photographer. You need editing software to bring your photos to life by adding depth, contrast, colors, for a dramatic feel. Two of my favorite programs are Nik Software and Topaz Programs. By using these programs I have taken my photos to another level that really grabs the viewer’s attention.

Macro Photo Conference 2015

Posted: April 23, 2015 in Uncategorized

Macro Photo Conference 2015

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Sponsored by Tamron and Hunt’s Photo

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Speakers

Mike Moats – Michigan
http://www.tinylandscapes.com

Charles Needle – Washington
http://www.charlesneedlephoto.com

Kathleen Clemons – Maine
http://www.kathleenclemonsphotography.com

John Barclay – Pennsylvania
http://www.johnbarclayphotography.com
Clay Bolt – South Carolina
www.claybolt.com

Mollie Isaacs – Virgina
http://www.awakethelight.com
Lisa Curchara – Connecticut
http://www.breaphotos.com

Jillian Bell – Minnesota – Tamron
Plus five instructors

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The first Macro Photo Conference was in 2014 and sold out in 20 days and drew photographers from 16 different states,and two provinces of Canada.
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We will have Lisa and Tom Curchara’s frogs back this year.

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This is a unique photo conference dedicated to macro photography. I’ve always wanted to design a program where highly experienced 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. As a photographer, I specialize only in macro photography, and I’m not into other styles of photography. Our instructors for this conference are all accomplished photographers in many styles, but they were chosen for their abilities to produce great macro images.
This Macro Photo Conference will have plenty of how-to lectures and about five hours of photographing with varying subject matter. The speakers and instructors will be available to help participants with composing subjects and technical aspects. The ratio will be 8 participants to 1 instructor so you should not have a problem finding help if you need it. So you just need to bring your camera, macro lens, and tripod, and we will take care of making you better macro photographer.
Along with learning how to be a better macro photographer, John Barclay will demonstrate some of the great post processing programs available to take your images to the next level.
Leading New England photo retailer Hunt’s Photo will be there selling lots of photo products. Tamron will have tech reps on hand with lenses available for you to try out.
Mike Moats
There will be a limit of 100 participants, and it should sell out quick.

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Location: Ramada Hotel
213 Taunton Ave, Seekonk, MA 02771
(508) 336-8700
Dates: October 10th and 11th 2015
Times: Saturday 8:00am to 5pm – Sunday 8:00am – 3pm
Cost: $199

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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 but you would need to give the hotel 24 hour notice of your flight time for shuttle service.
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
See more info and to sign up http://www.macrostoreonline.com

Before and After

Posted: April 23, 2015 in Uncategorized
Here is the Before out of the camera

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And here is the After with the Solarization filter added from Nik Software’s Color Efex Pro program.

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Macro Photo Conference 2015 click here
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Image Poll – Please Vote

Posted: April 22, 2015 in Uncategorized
Please tell me which image you like best.

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Cool Abstract Sand Patterns

Posted: April 22, 2015 in Uncategorized
If you live near a beach, go check it out for some cool abstract patterns. I shoot these with my largest f-stop, f/32, to get all the sand and pattern in focus.. Don’t go the day after it rains, the rain washes away the patterns, so wait a few days after a rain for the patterns to rebuild.
Use the “Structure” slider in Viveza 2 to help pull out the texture in the sand.


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Website, Workshops and E-Books
Macro Photo Conference 2015 click here
Macro Courses Online Click Here
You can buy my images from a select group at GreatBigCanvas.com
To save 15% on Topaz products click here
Like my Facebook Page

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Because of the large amount of subject matter I have to cover with limited time in the macro boot camps, I’m never able to really get very deep into the subject of image making. We do a two hour shoot on Saturday and everyone is pretty much on their own to compose and shoot lots of subjects. On Sunday morning when I ask them how they did on the two hour shoot, I see the disappointment in their faces when they tell me they got maybe one good image, and many say they didn’t like any of their images. So if you ask them if they felt that their images “sucked” from that shoot, I’m willing to bet they would agree with that term. This new workshop is designed to help improve their percentage of successful images and make their experience with photography more fun. Most are pretty good with their equipment, but not so with their image making.

Learn To Create Macro Images That Don’t Suck Workshop.

Have you noticed how some photographers create one great image after another? What do they know that all the other photographers don’t? This is a different kind of workshop that is designed to teach you all about how to make successful images. See how images are captured from the start in the field, and then taken right through the all-important post processing steps. We will analyze all the aspects of why images work and don’t work, and lots of post processing. Learn about what filters in Nik Software and Topaz works best with textures, contrast, light, and lines in images. This workshops is for those who have attended my Macro Boot Camps, or anyone who is experienced with their camera and in need of help taking their image making to another level. Bring your camera, macro lens, and tripod, as you will have some shooting assignments in the classroom.

October 17th, 18th

Saturday 10am – 4pm Sunday 9am – 12pm.

Comfort Inn, Farmington Hills, Michigan

Cost $159

Sign up at www.macrostoreonline.com