Look Closer: Magnifying the World with a Macro Lens

Conference Program


By Joey Terrill

Sponsored by Nikon

WhenPosted in June, Offered Once
WherePosted in June
SkillAll levels
CostIncluded in your registration

Sponsored by Nikon

A whole range of subjects and possibilities reveals itself when we attach a macro lens to the camera. Its magnification enables us to see what the naked eye misses and reveals the many beautiful textures and colors waiting to be captured. Best of all, when stormy weather or short days limit the opportunities for photography, macro pictures can easily be created anytime in the comfort of the warm indoors.

In this session, we’ll explore a variety of subject possibilities including the colors and textures of flowers, the intricate details of feathers and butterflies, the surprising results of photographing water droplets on glass, and why the local home store is a terrific source for some amazing macro subjects.

We’ll discuss the basic equipment needed for macro photography, as well as some exotic gear that makes high-magnification captures much easier. We’ll examine many helpful tools for positioning subjects, devices used to precisely move the camera, readily available backgrounds, and how to select the appropriate camera and lens settings. We’ll also touch on the process of focus stacking and how the latest camera technology makes an amazing technique nearly automatic.

Finally, we’ll explore several simple lighting techniques that will make your work stand out. Lighting that’s measured in millimeters requires special considerations and we’ll explore many of them. We’ll discuss how to use light successfully, how to control it for maximum impact, and why mastering light will take your macro images from good to great.