The Wizard Behind Wand

Posted: April 20, 2016 in Uncategorized
It’s not the magic wand, it’s the wizard behind the wand.
I’ve seen every brand of cameras and every DSLR model that each manufacturer makes in my workshops, and each camera will do a great job capturing a photograph for macro photography.
There are lots of functions and things we need to control on our cameras, and those photographers that understand and know how to properly work all those controls and functions will get the best photos.
To become a “wizard behind the wand” you have to spend time learning and understanding all the controls and functions of the camera, and the more you shoot the better you will become at working the camera to produce the best photos the camera can deliver.
I’ve talked about people that will admire your photos and say “you must have a good camera” and you cringe knowing that the camera doesn’t take the picture without your help, so you would really like the viewer to give you a little credit for knowing how to work that camera, finding a good subject, and composing that subject properly.
Being a “wizard behind the wand” is not only about knowing how to work the camera, we also have to know about finding good subjects and composing those subjects well.
So being a “wizard behind the wand” also requires that same commitment to learning about the subjects in nature and studying composition, and then lots of hours practicing to become the best photo wizard you can.

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Lens & Landscape Interview

Posted: April 19, 2016 in Uncategorized
Check out my podcast interview at Lens & Landscape Photography Podcast.
http://www.lensandlandscape.net/episodes/macro-nature-photography-mike-moats

Searching for a Background

Posted: April 17, 2016 in Uncategorized
Last year I was down in Georgia at Red Top Mountain State Park. I was hiking and found this group of tiny oak leaves on the dirt trail, and decide it would make a nice subject to photograph, but just needed a better background. Found some nice textured moss, and also used a couple large oak leaves as a background. Shot with the Nikon 5200 and the Tamron 90 macro VC lens.

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Before and After

Posted: April 16, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

Here is the Before out of the camera.

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Here is the After. I used Topaz Simplify 4, and applied the Oil Painting 2 filter.

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I will be one of 28 amazing presenters at the first
“Out of New York Photo Conference”.
I have a great deal for those signing up.
Save $100 off the price of admission by using my discount code, Moats100.
Sign up at http://www.outofnewyork.com

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Check Out the Mud Puddles

Posted: April 15, 2016 in Uncategorized
My eyes are wandering everywhere when I’m out shooting. Even a mud puddle gets my attention.
Most macro photographers would walk right by this and never consider there may be something to shoot.

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I like to look for leaves in these puddles. You can find some cool art work as the leaves get swallow in the mud.

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PROCAM Spring Demo Weekend

Posted: April 15, 2016 in Uncategorized
I’ll be presenting a 2 hour macro program on Friday eve at PROCAM in Livonia, MI.
Event Sponsored by TAMRON Lenses | www.tamron-usa.com
When
Friday, April 15, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)
Where
PROCAM Photo & Video Gear – 34224 Plymouth Road, Livonia, MI 48150
http://procam.com/events