1. We start at the beginning, equipment. What you need, what are the options for your camera brand, how it works and what settings you will need to get started and make great macro images. I will accompany this with a slideshow/Powerpoint presentation as a visual aid. 2. Make your own diffuser ! One of the most important aspects of macro photography is light - for macro you want a flash, you want it either as near to the subject as possible and you want nice soft diffused light. So what do we do, yup that's right we make a diffuser to fix to the flash. Out of what ? Your imagination is the limit, literally you can try anything that allows some but not all of the light to pass through it. 3. Practice ! Try some static subjects first in class 4. Out in the field, find and shoot some bugs ! There are prizes for the best / worst shots ! 5. I'll finish with a little tuition on Lightroom / Photoshop for how I post process images.
I'm a Professional Photographer who has been living in Far North Queensland in Australia since 2007. I love photography in all it's forms ! Macro is my passion though. I'm lucky enough to live in one of the most unique bio-diverse areas in the World, full of amazing fauna and flora. I am a published macro photographer and have contributed to numerous field guides, the latest being a shot of a rain forest bee that made the cover of "A Guide to the Native Bees of Australia by Terry Houston, a CSIRO publication (he said my pic was the best he had ever seen of Palaeorhiza disrupta) and given presentations about Macrophotography to local wildlife organisations As well as shooting for myself I enjoy teaching people how to use their dSLR cameras. Once people see the amazing tiny details of these amazing critters they're hooked! You can be too.
Diffuser creation materials , glue, tape, diffusion material, scissors, staplers, velcro, tin foil, card, cardboard etc.
I'll take you to places tourists don't go ! Rainforest, bush, the garden - yes really, my cover pic for "A Guide to Native Bees of Australia" was taken in my garden ! Local ponds, billabongs etc. Basically anywhere local that has bugs
Introduction to Macrophotography