The best way to capture shots of small bugs, critters, is get up at daybreak on a cool morning with no wind, and search the little guys out in open field grass.  When the temperatures drop at night, the critters body temps go down and in the morning they stay perfectly still and unable to fly away until they warm up.  This allows me time to set up my tripod and shoot with out having to rush.  In this image you can see two butterflies on the right side and on the left side in the middle you see a little bit of black in the grass and that is a dragonfly.

_DSC8064

___________________________________________

IMG_1177_edited-1

___________________________________________

Nikon D7000 – Tamron 16-300  /  Shot at f/11

f11done_edited-1

______________________________________

Sometimes when these guys are in clutter grass you don’t always get the nice clean backgrounds, so I will shoot in the lower f/stop numbers, and this one was shot at f/8.

_DSC8074

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
I wrote an article for Outdoor Photographer magazine few years ago called “Diversify Your Macro Portfolio”. It talked about varying the different styles that are available in macro. Over six days I explore those various styles, and today is part four, Back Lighting.
When it comes to lighting, you can’t beat an overcast day for beautiful soft lighting and color saturation. When I’m shooting with bright sunlight, I carry a 12-inch collapsible diffuser to shade the subject. This gives me a nice even light and takes away any harsh sunlight and distracting shadows. There are times when the sunlight is our friend by creating back lighting.
With the sunlight shining on the backside of the subject, it highlights the outer edges, causing it to glow.

This Flower is backlit by the early morning sun creating the nice highlights

Back lighting on Leaves

_DSC5722 500

___________________________________________________________________


Share through social media, click links at bottom of this article.

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

 

For all you macro photographers near Chicago, I will be presenting a variety of programs this weekend at the “Out Of Chicago Photography Conference” which is held at the University Center in Chicago. Dates are June 26-28.  I will be speaking on Friday evening and two other programs on Saturday and Sunday.  There will be 27 other speakers besides myself.  They will have tons of learning opportunities along with photo walks. Here is a link to more information and to sign up.
www.outofchicago.com/conference

Macro Photo Conference 2015

Sponsored by Tamron and Hunt’s Photo

img_0726

Where:  Ramada Hotel,  Seekonk, MA, near Providence,RI.
Dates: October 10th and 11th.
Cost only $199
Bring your camera, macro lens, and tripod for some hands on shooting.
8 excellent speakers.

_____________________________________

Kathleen Clemons will be presenting “The Art of Selective Focus”. You’ll learn best practices for using selective focus to produce artistic, one of a kind photos. Kathleen will give you a stronger understanding of depth of field, and how you can use it to make stronger macro photographs that capture your personal vision of your subjects.
Charles Needle will be presenting “Creative Macro Photography: How to Take Your Close-ups Beyond the Documentary.” In this session, award-winning macro photographer and best-selling author, Charles Needle will teach you how to create unusual and striking artistic close-up images both in the field and in your own backyard and/or home studio.  Using examples from his own backyard “home studio” and macro workshops, Charles will guide you through all the necessary steps to take your macro photography to the next level, covering topics such as equipment/accessories, selective-focus macro, “shooting through” with a telephoto lens, close-up lenses/diopters, wide-angle macro, water-droplet macro, and using “props,” such as iridescent glass, mylar, and everyday household objects.  Charles will also reveal secrets he has learned from his 15+ years of shooting and teaching close-up photography.
John Barclay will be presenting “Crafting your images with Lightroom and plug-ins” John will cover the basics of processing RAW images in Lightroom covering the basic panel, lens correction and capture sharpening. John will then introduce you to “plug-ins” from Perfectly Clear, Topaz and Alien Skin.  These plug-ins can be used to craft your images to be what you envisioned in the field.
Clay Bolt will be presenting “Lessons from the Forest Floor”  No matter where you live, one thing is for certain: just beyond the reach of your gaze is an incredible world of amazing plants and animals living intricately intertwined, beautifully complex lives. We often travel far and wide in search of exotic wildlife when all that has ever been required of us is a willingness to simply slow down and take a closer look. From wasps that turn pitcher plants into cradles for their young to treehopper herding ants, layer upon layer of biological wonder awaits our discovery. Macro Photography is the perfect medium for taking the viewer into this secret world.
Lessons from the Forest Floor guides audience members along a path into this miniature world and teaches them how to explore their surroundings with fresh eyes. Along the way, we’ll also take a philosophical look at ourselves and learn more about what we can do to encourage others to get to know their own local wild places a little better. Filled with beautiful photographs and light-hearted stories about nature, this talk is great for naturalists and photographers of all levels.
Mike Moats will be presenting “The Properly Equipped Macro Photographer.”  Mike covers all the tools for macro photography and explains in simple terms, how depth of field and f/stops work to achieve the best results.
Mollie Isaacs will be presenting Master Creative Macro The Simply Way Love macro? Love flowers? Want to be more creative? Then this is the workshop for you. Learn Mollie’s unique approaches to creating artistic macro images of flowers. You will learn the technical skills, plus the creative skills, to raise your photography to a much higher level. Find out how to tap into your artistic soul.  In addition, you will learn the secrets of setting yourself free by not being tethered to your tripod. This unique approach will enable you to feel an amazing sense of freedom, and will allow you to create beautiful world-class images. Learn compositional techniques for creating strong and artistic macro images. This is macro like you have never done before!
Lisa Cuchara will be presenting “Frogs and Working with Light Tents”  Lisa and Tom Cuchara will have their exotic frogs for everyone to photograph.
Jillian Bell will be presenting “Tamron Lenses”  Jillian is a Tamron tech rep and will cover the different Tamron macro lenses, zoom macro lenses, and answer any questions about lenses.
You will have four hours of hands on shooting in the conference room and we will have the eight speakers plus five more instructors to help you with shooting.
Hunt’s photo will be set up to sell products, and Tamron will have lenses for you to try out.
To Sign up click here

____________________________________________________

 

 

 

NEW WORKSHOP
Learn To Create Macro Images That Don’t Suck
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. One lady I asked how she did on the shoot, she said “my images all sucked” and I said maybe I need to come up with a new workshop teaching people how to create images that don’t suck, thus the name of this workshop. This new workshop is designed to help improve your percentage of successful images and make the experience with photography more fun and successful. Most are pretty good with their equipment, but not so with their image making.
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.
Locations for this new workshop
Cost only $159
La Quinta Inn, Minnetonka, Minnesota, Sept 19,20
Comfort Inn, Farmington Hills, Michigan. Oct 17,18
Comfort Inn, Middleburg Heights,Ohio Oct 3, Nov 1
Fairfield Inn, Mooresville,North Carolina Dec 5,6
Sign up at http://www.macrostoreonline.com

Topaz Restyle - Seascapes - Lighthouse Pop 600

I wrote an article for Outdoor Photographer magazine few years ago called “Diversify Your Macro Portfolio”. It talked about varying the different styles that are available in macro. Over six days I explore those various styles, and today is part three, Dreamlike Look.
When I’m in the mood to shoot some soft-focus dreamlike images, I usually work with flowers. Most photographers can easily find flowers to photograph in their backyards, or if you like wildflowers, head to a local forest or field. I always shoot this style with a wide-open aperture in the ƒ/2.8 to ƒ/3.5 range. Just move the camera in close, focus on the front edge of the foreground of the subject and let the rest soften into the background.

Dandelion head, shot with a 180mm macro at ƒ/2.8

Fall Sumac Leaves, Tamron 60mm f/2.0

Shoot wide open and have fun with these soft focus Dreamlike images.

________________________________________________________________

 

Share through social media, click links at bottom of this article.

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
I wrote an article for Outdoor Photographer magazine few years ago called “Diversify Your Macro Portfolio”. It talked about varying the different styles that are available in macro. Over six days I explore those various styles, and today is part two, Maximize Those Details.
My most Successful and best-selling images have been those with everything in focus. Viewers tend to like the all-in-focus look, as this is how we view the world. Our eyes see with full depth of field, so this style has a natural look. To shoot this style, I set my aperture to the highest f/stop numbers, which on most lenses is in the f/22 to f/32 range.. I know that goes against the grain of most photographers philosophy that shooting stopped down all the way will cause diffraction, or what most experience as a softness in the details. With digital this is not a problem as we can just add more sharpening in photoshop to correct the slight softness from the diffraction.

FERN FRONDS

LILY PADS

STUMP ART


Share through social media, click links at bottom of this article.

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