The Wonderful World of Macro Photography

Come and explore the world of macro photography.

While our emphasis for subjects will be on wildflowers (it is the season, after all) the techniques can be applied to any subject you want to photograph close up.

There are many approaches to macro photography and ways to get your lens to focus in macro.  Some of our approaches will include:

1.  Using an expensive macro lens (not needed)

2.  Using close-focusing devices on your existing lens; such as: close up filters, extension tubes (both auto and manual versions), lens reversal adapters, focusing tracks and more.

3.  Using special ring light flash units (inexpensive) for close-ups and why you need this option.

4.  Focusing challenges with narrow depth-of-field and how to solve them.  Hint:  Don't use auto focus.

5.  Taming the harsh natural light for beautiful floral images.

I will be demonstrating all these approaches and then let you use all the close-up devices that I have.  (You will need to be a Canon shooter to use some of them.)  I will also let you share my three macro ring light flashes, reflectors, etc.

We will be spending the day in an arboretum and photographing all the various florals that are blooming.

ADDED BONUS:  As I do in all my educational Meetup workshops, I have prepared an instructional video to teach you all about macro photography and the various approaches that you can take.  This is included in the workshop as a download and at no additional cost to study at your leisure.

Bring your camera and tripod and I will supply the rest!

Location:  UCI Arboretum:

I visited the arboretum today to check it out.  The flowers were already awesome!  Blooms everywhere.  I talked to the woman in charge and we are welcome to come in and shoot.

I can teach and demonstrate techniques without a problem.  She is excited to have us!

Incidentally, parking is in the UCI lot #90 (see map) and on that day the parking is free.

Some shots from my visit today:

They even have an orchid house.

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  • Carolyn C.

    Would love to do this, but can't make this weekend.

    April 17, 2013

  • kathryn s.


    April 14, 2013

  • Toni

    Great way to celebrate my b-day weekend/

    April 1, 2013

  • kathryn s.

    I plan to go. And I'm going to take the time today to watch the video on visualization. Thanks, Rick.

    March 29, 2013

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