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This 4-hour combination Workshop will provide beginners with all the tools necessary to take beautiful artistic macro floral images, a delightful addition to a portfolio.
Pre-Workshop Manual Settings Seminar Add-On:
This short seminar will help you understand and start working with the major settings on DSLR cameras which control light/exposure, depth of field, and color management. Participants MUST KNOW how to change settings on their camera through dials, buttons and command menus prior to class -- we will not have time to teach features on individual cameras.
Topics to be covered will include:
• Understand how exposure works - how we control with F-stop, shutter speed, and ISO. How we apply compensation. How variable ISO works.
• Depth of field -- the focus zone.
• Metering modes: Matrix/Evaluative; Center Weighted; Spot
• How we get the light to look right - White Balance - Automatic; Settings for different types of light; creating a custom reading
• Exposure mode options: Manual, Program, Aperture-Priority, Shutter-Priority
Required: Any camera with manual mode settings.
Artistic Macro Floral Photography Workshop:
Flowers are among the most photographed objects in the world. There’s a reason why. They are among the most beautiful forms in nature and with all of their various colors and shapes, seemingly made to be photographed. Shooting them is fun and yet can be challenging, and getting a remarkable image of a flower, one that stands out from the crowd, is an accomplishment.
The closer we get to our subjects, the smaller the world is through the lens, the more critical is our composition, focus point choice, depth-of-field, shutter speed, source and direction of light. There are many tools such as close-up lenses, extension tubes, macro lights, reflectors which we can use to help get standout images.
This class is designed to help you learn and apply key principles of floral macro imaging. The seminar will begin with a presentation and equipment demonstration and continue with hands-on shooting experience in the Conservatory. We will be visiting the ORCHID SHOW at the NY Botanical Gardens located at 2900 Southern Boulevard in the Bronx. We will take the train or you may drive to arrive at the Botanical Gardens. You are responsible for your own transportation. Fee includes full access to all gardens and the conservatory. We will focus specifically on close-up and macro photos of florals, orchids and others.
Topics to be covered include:
• Composition -- seeing appealing compositions, assessing their potential. Subject within context, background and foreground.
• Depth of field: getting enough of the composition infocus for the shot to work
• Gear: Lens choice, support, triggering, macro lights, etc.
• Natural and artificial lighting solutions
• Settings - Shutter speed, ISO, White Balance
Prerequisite: Manual Settings.
Required: Bring your camera as this will be a very hands-on Workshop. You will need a camera/lens combination that enables you to focus within less than 12 inches and give you control of depth of field eg. f-stop. We recommend that you bring a lens with macro focusing capability, or an additional piece of equipment that brings you to macro range: thread-on close-up lens eg. Nikon 4T, 6T; close-up extension tube. Please note that tripods are NOT ALLOWED in the Conservatory during the Orchid Show.
Point and Shoot cameras with macro focus range are most welcome. P&S owners - Please understand that you will not be able to control depth of field, which is a critical composition factor, but you can get some very enjoyable shots regardless, as you learn to compose and shoot from the right distance.
PLEASE ARRIVE 15-20 MINUTES AT THE MOSHOLU GATE BEFORE THE WORKSHOP IS TO START SO WE MAY START ON TIME. PLAN YOUR TRANSPORTATION SCHEDULE AHEAD OF TIME.
METRO NORTH COMMUTERS: THE MOSHOLU GATE IS DIRECTLY ACROSS THE WAY FROM THE “BOTANICAL GARDENS” STOP ON THE HARLEM LINE. CHECK TRAIN SCHEDULES TO ARRIVE ON TIME.
About the Instructor:
Steve is a creative arts professional who has lived and worked in NYC for more than 20 years. He does photography and other creative work professionally, doing interiors and exteriors for business and individuals; advertising photography; artworks; visual displays; architecture and design, and other categories. He also does special event photography, shooting art gallery openings, corporate events, charity galas and store openings/new season presentations, he has shot for Neiman Marcus and The Gap among others. His background is in advertising and marketing and he also writes and directs videos for business and nonprofit clients. Steve and his wife also enjoy nature/landscape and macro photography, and still life scenes, displaying work from North America, Europe, Turkey and Morocco.