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Macro Madness!

Let's get up close and personal shooting macro! Whether it's bugs, flora or textures, macro photography is fun way to explore the world on a small level. For this Meetup, we'll get together at Old Settlers in Round Rock near the Dell Diamond. If you've never visited this place, it's got old barns and rusty farm equipment perfect for macro exploration. You'll need either a macro lens or extension tubes so you can focus close. I'll start with some instruction then we'll break loose and explore!

To get to Old Settlers, just go to the address above. When you enter the driveway, you'll see an overhead sign on the left for Old Settlers Association - just go under this sign and park in the parking lot. If you arrive on time, you'll see the group of photographers congregating. If you arrive late, you just park and walk down to the barns (it's about 100- 150 yards) and you'll see us. Old Settlers Association allows photography at no charge so let's be kind to their property and mindful of any other photographers who may be shooting that morning. We'll limit this Meetup to 20 people so we don't overrun the place! If you RSVP "Yes" and your plans change, please visit the Meetup page and change your RSVP so someone else can take your place. We'll be starting at 8 am to take advantage of the morning light wrapping up by about 10 am. 

See you Saturday morning for some Macro Madness!


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  • Valerie R.

    This Meetup was so much fun. I learned so much about Macro photography. Thanks!

    November 19, 2013

  • Tricia

    Great Meetup! Thanks to Tim for organizing this event and sharing great tips for macro photography. I learned a lot, and guess who will be purchasing a flash soon! Thanks to Glenn and Allen for advice on my upcoming purchase! Love everyone's photos.

    November 18, 2013

  • Chris Davis C.

    I accidentally left my tripod behind. Please let me know if you found it/took it back with tou. Thanks. Chris

    1 · November 17, 2013

    • Allen R.

      We saw a carbon fiber tripod by the truck when we left but didn't know whose it was. We thought that it may belong to another photographer in the area not with our group. Michael was the last to see it and called Tim on our drive home. I think he left it there.

      November 17, 2013

    • Chris Davis C.

      Yes, and I drove back this morning. Not there. Just wishing and hoping....

      November 17, 2013

  • Tim

    It was great meeting everyone and I'm loving seeing the images that everyone is posting! One of the kid photographers who was out there when we were out there was commenting in a Facebook group asking who all the weird photographers were who were shooting close-ups of the truck - I told her we were thinking she was weird! I was just kidding her - really! Thanks everyone for getting up early on a Saturday morning - we'll have to do more fun Meetups like this!

    2 · November 17, 2013

  • Valerie R.

    I had such a great time and loves using the flash with the macro shots. Thanks for helping me get some fabulous shots.

    1 · November 16, 2013

  • Tim

    Valerie asked about bringing a trigger for her speedlight - the answer is "yes"! I'll be showing how to use the speedlight OFF camera to emphasize texture. I'll use Nikon CLS to trigger the speedlight - but you can use whatever method/device you have/like.

    1 · November 15, 2013

    • Steven N.

      Tim, a pleasure to meet you and enjoy your helpful tips that we can put into practice right away!

      1 · November 16, 2013

  • TA B.

    Always love working and learning with Tim...Thank you

    2 · November 16, 2013

  • Steven N.

    Great and fun event with helpful tips from Tim.

    1 · November 16, 2013

  • Alejandro O

    You can always learn something out of Tims meet ups. The location is good for family portraits, there were several groups but there plenty of room.

    2 · November 16, 2013

  • Alejandro O

    cant find the group

    November 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I received unexpected house guests and will not be able to attend. I am very disappointed.
    I do have a Canon Macro lens I would like to sell. It is a EFS 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM. It has barely been used because for some reason I have two Macro lenses.

    November 15, 2013

  • Grisel

    I'd love to go but don't have a macro lens nor knowledge on how to take macro photography - pretty new in the photography field. BUT, mi working on getting me a macro lens so hopefully next time I can join y'all! ;)

    November 14, 2013

    • Chris Davis C.

      I have a macro lens and 3 different sized tubes. They all work a little differently. I plan to bring them all tomorrow (and my speedlight!)

      November 15, 2013

    • Grisel

      I guess I won't be able to make it after all, I didn't make it to the store to get the lens - thank you F1 trafick! :( I ordered the lens already so I hope you'll get to create another macro event :)

      November 15, 2013

  • Alejandro O

    I got some extension tubes that I never used before, what kind of lens works better with those? thank you for your help.

    November 15, 2013

    • Tim

      You can really use any of them, Alejandro. That being said, the extension tubes will gobble up as much as 3 stops of light so faster lenses are better (what else is new?). You'll also have shallower depth of field so you kind of have a dance with focal length - long lenses give you more reach but can be trickier due to super shallow depth of field.

      1 · November 15, 2013

  • Chris Davis C.

    I love investigating new places. Looking forward to it!

    November 12, 2013

  • Steven N.

    Great, looking forward to check out the macro world at the Old Settlers!

    November 12, 2013

  • Allen R.

    Hey Everyone, This is a great opportunity to learn from one of the professional photographers in our group. Come out and join us! Thanks Tim for setting this up.

    4 · November 12, 2013

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