Macro Field Trip & Tutorial
Meeting: Plymbridge carpark – Map
What you will learn:
This relaxed workshop will take you on a 6-hour tour through all the creative and technical aspects you need to take fabulous macro photos.
We will walk in the woods and stop to discus the points below and practice the different techniques. Breaking for a picnic lunch.
You will learn simple and inexpensive tricks to make the most out of any camera you own, including your phone!
The skills here will be transferable across a wide range of gear, we will not have time to teach you about your particular camera’s settings.
You will take away a camera card full of images from your day and we will provide a crib-sheet to help you practice on your own.
Later, more advanced workshops will go into more technical detail and deal with processing and printing.
Please bring some picnic lunch
Subjects covered in this workshop:
- Extension tubes
- Reversed lenses
- Filters & adapters
- Macro lenses – 1:1 and 1:2
- Magnification – what does macro mean?
- Sunlight and cloud
- on-board flash
- External flash
- Continuous lights (light bulbs)
- Tents and diffusers
- Contre jour lighting
- Sunny 16
Camera and flash settings
- AV – aperture priority and f-stops
- Shutter speed
- Manual override
- Depth of field
- Your position
- Compositional ‘rules’ and tricks
We are fully certified and children’s courses can be arranged on request.
What you will need:
A packed lunch and walking gear
A plastic bag or foam to kneel on
Minimum equipment: A bridge camera with macro setting
Ideal equipment: A DSLR (interchangeable lens camera) with a macro lens or tubes.
Any equipment you want to try out or learn to use – old lenses, extension tubes, flashes (please ring us to discus if we can accommodate anything more ambitious!).
Got an old wide-angle lens? bring it along, we’ll show you how to turn it into a powerful macro lens.
Some picnic lunch.
What about the weather?
We are somewhat dependent on the weather, mainly becuse of the euipment.
Cloud and light rain can be beneficial for macro, but heavy rain may stop play, or force us to run the workshop inside.
If we are lucky with the sun, we may decide on the day to stay-on after 4pm and capitalise on this.
Mark Dunk is a professional photographer and former Art College lecturer with over 25 years of Photoshop experience.
Mark has a passion for the outdoors and particularly – tiny stuff!
Our courses are fully insured and certified.