Seven participants joined together in September at Mo Ranch for the three day macro photography workshop including in the macro lab (From left) Kelly Sile, Richard Bennett, Glenn Rudd, Gary Eastes, Diane Young, Tracy Curran and Dan Tonnison. Nikon D800, LAOWA 14mm F 4.0 Wide Angle Macro Lens.
The historic, 500 acre Mo Ranch at Hunt, Texas, was the site for a three-day intensive macro photography workshop geared to shooting in a macro studio/lab and in field settings. The workshop was located in a beautiful setting on the North Fork of the Guadalupe River in the heart of the Texas Hill Country and centered in diverse habitats including aquatic, riparian areas, grasslands, oak-juniper woodlands, and limestone hills.
Award-winning naturalist and photographer Brian Loflin led the macro workshop packed with over 20 hours of hands-on instruction and guided shooting where participants grew in their photographic abilities with new found skills, techniques and proficiency.
The intermediate/advanced level workshop featured hands-on learning and demonstrations with native flora and fauna of the area and covered many subjects including:
• Equipment for getting close
• Perfecting Exposure
• Tools to make macro work easier
• Grip and support equipment
• Backgrounds • Wide Angle Close-Ups
• Lighting with Flash • High Speed Flash
• Multiple Flash • High Key and White Box
• Tank Photos • Macro Panorama
• Focus Stacking / Extreme Depth of Field
• Extreme Macro • How big is it? (Mensuration)
Everyone worked hard through the workshop to capture stunning, highly detailed images of tiny subjects difficult to observe with the unaided eye. Everyone brought home images to brag about. Here are a few examples of that work:
Richard Bennett- Stick insect, above, and grass seed head (focus stacked), below.
Glenn Rudd, Red Ant, above and Mayfly, below.
Diane Young- Bark lice (Psocoptera) above and below.
Dan Tonisson- Cactus stem, above (focus stacked), and Sunflower, below.
The next Intensive Macro Photography Workshop is scheduled for
September 7-10, 2017.
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Posted in Biology, Focus Stacking, Insects, Lab, Lighting, Macro Photography, Natural Science, nature photography, Wildlife, Workshops
Tagged Austin, flowers, nature, teaching, Texas, Workshops
Join me at Mo Ranch in the very heart of the magical Texas Hill Country for a three-day nature and macro photography workshop geared to shooting in field settings and indoors. Dates are Friday-Sunday, September 18-20, 2015.
This workshop will be packed with hands-on instruction to help you grow your photographic abilities with new found skills, techniques and proficiency. Two nights lodging and six meals provided.
The historic, 500 acre Mo Ranch is located in a beautiful setting on the North Fork of the Guadalupe River. Here, habitats include: aquatic, riparian areas, grasslands, oak-juniper woodlands, and limestone hills. We will make use of all of them.
The workshop will feature classroom instruction, hands-on learning, and computer demonstrations with native flora and fauna of the area. A computer lab is available for all participants for processing images. The workshop will cover many subjects including discussions on:
• Equipment for getting close • Wide Angle Close-Ups
• Backgrounds • Tools to make macro work easier
• Lighting with Flash & High Speed Flash
• High Key and White Box • Macro Panorama
• Extreme Macro • Focus Stacking
For more information, visit my website: Nature-Macro Workshop
Or, E-mail me direct: firstname.lastname@example.org .
Copyright © 2015 Brian K Loflin. All rights reserved.
Posted in Biology, Focus Stacking, Insects, Lighting, Macro Photography, Natural Science, Photography, Teaching, Workshops
Tagged ant, Bellows, close up, Close-up diopter lens, Fill flash, flash, lighting, macro, nature, teaching, Texas, Texas Hill Country, wildflowers, wildlife, Workshops
Recently I was invited to teach a short workshop on wildflower photography at the Mueller Development prairie at the site of the old Austin airport. The weather was nice but for the wind. Wind seems to always provide a hardship for flower photography. I coached the attendees including my dear friend and long-time colleague, Cindy Dyer, how to make a wind break from three sheets of foam-core board hinged together into a triangle. This bluebonnet (Lupinus texensis) is one of the resulting images of the day.
Nikon D-300 with 105mm F2.8 Micro Nikkor. Natural light, diffuser.
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Posted in Macro Photography, Natural Science, Photography
Tagged bluebonnet, close up, Macro photography, Micro Nikkor 105mm F2.8, NIkon D-300, teaching, Texas, wildflowers, wind, wind shelter