Come celebrate the natural world and learn to photograph close-up, where a flower becomes a world of its own. You’ll learn what macro photography is, what different magnification methods there are, and the trade-offs of one approach over others. We’ll also discuss equipment choices and shooting techniques, including lighting and exposure, depth of field, and focusing. Finally, we’ll address challenges that shooting macro photography presents and how software can overcome some the inherent limitations of cameras and lenses.
Students will receive group and individual support with time divided between learning the tools and techniques of macro photography and shooting in the field. Please bring an adjustable camera that can focus to within a few inches of the lens (DSLRs and mirrorless cameras with a macro lens, extension tube, or other close up lenses are ideal), a tripod, and patience to explore, practice, and play. If available, bring a laptop with your favorite image editing program installed. This class is intended for those with digital camera experience.
-Youth, ages 12 and up, are welcome with adult supervision.
-This class will be held mostly outdoors with some time spent indoors.
If a registered participant wishes to cancel their enrollment and receive a refund, notification must be received at least 14 days in advance of the class date. No refunds will be issued for enrollment cancellations made less than 14 days in advance of the class date. Class enrollment fees are non-transferable. PNRSA Field Institute classes are generally run rain or shine, though will follow National Park Service weather and road advisories to ensure that classes only run in safe conditions. In the event that the PRNSA Field Institute cancels a class for any reason, participants will receive a full refund of class fees.
What to Bring:
Warm, variable-weather, layered clothing (waterproof windbreaker or rain jacket, hat, gloves)
Hat and sunscreen
Comfortable walking shoes
Lunch, snacks, and water for the day
Spotting Scope (if you have one)
Any applicable Field Guides
Photographic equipment capable of close shooting, including a tripod, preferably one that can be set up close to the ground.
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