MACRO SAFARI I:
- When: April 27-28, 2013
- Where: Santa Barbara, CA
- Price: $495
~ George Lepp
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Although the close-up world is all around us it’s most evident in gardens and parks. These environments provide the greatest concentration of subjects and reflect where many of us spend a lot of time photographing.
We’ll photograph a variety of native and exotic flowers, leaves, seeds and even micro landscapes.
The second afternoon we’ll spend time with a small-animal wrangler photographing captive insects, amphibians, and reptiles in natural settings, including:
ANTILLES ISLAND TARANTULA
BLUE POISON DART FROG
RED-EYED TREE FROG
Following breakfast we’ll meet at a commercial garden. We’ll be demonstrating equipment and techniques that everyone can use to create stunning close-ups.
We’ll spend the rest of the morning actually shooting. We’re there to help you solve problems, answer your questions, and provide tips on creating the best image possible. After lunch together we’ll meet at the Brooks Institute of Photography digital lab to review our morning shoot, talk about how to improve our images, and go over more techniques and tools.
Following breakfast we’ll meet at a new park/garden location and practice what we learned from yesterday. We’ve got a couple of different locations chosen and depending on what’s blooming will chose which place to visit.
There’ll be new subjects and challenges and we’ll work with you individually to push your creativity a bit.
Following lunch we’ll meet our animal wrangler. She’ll be introducing us to some very special creatures and we’ll work together to create some really dramatic images of these amazing animals. This will definitely be the highlight of the weekend.
As with all High Sierra Workshops, this workshop focuses not only on the ‘where’ to take the pictures, but also on the ‘how’ to take pictures, incorporating photographic education throughout the workshop at each location.
Arranging subjects within the frame, concepts of balance in an image, and the importance of symmetry
The emphasis in this workshop will be on using available light and light shaping tools, including:
We’ll go over the tools you need to get close to small subjects and the pros and cons of each:
• Macro rails
• Macro lenses
• Extension tubes
Close-up photography introduces several problems and we’ll talk about how to solve many of these, including:
• Depth of Field
• Plane of Focus
• Loss of Light at High Magnification
The recommended airport for arrival and departure is the Santa Barbara Airport (SBA).
Travel time from Santa Barbara Airport to Downtown Santa Barbara is approximately 15 minutes. Car rentals are available at the airport (located in Goleta) or downtown Santa Barbara (Avis, Enterprise).
Alternate airports for arrival/departure:
Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).
Driving time from nearest major city:
From Los Angeles to Santa Barbara, via the 405 freeway & Highway 101, is approximately 2 hours.
The cities of Santa Barbara and Goleta are tourist destinations and offer numerous resorts, hotels and motels. Here are a few recommended hotels:
• Best Western Beachside Inn
• Castillo Inn
• Avania Inn of Santa Barbara
• Lavender Inn by the Sea
• Eagle Inn
• Franciscan Inn
• Marina Beach Hotel
• Casa Del Mar
• Motel 6 Santa Barbara, Beach #1
• Days Inn Santa Barbara
In order to balance the various individual meal and budget preferences, time is allocated for breakfast, lunch and dinner every day at one of the various dining establishments in Santa Barbara.
While we will eat as a group, meals are the individual responsibility of each workshop participant. Each dining establishment is chosen to provide a wide variety of meal options to satisfy multiple dietary preferences.
Ralph Clevenger grew up on the coast of North Africa and began diving in the waters of the Mediterranean Sea at the age of 7 with his father. He eventually went on to study zoology at San Diego State University and worked as a diver/biologist for the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla, California before attending Brooks Institute of Photography. He holds a BS degree in zoology and a BA degree in photography. Ralph is the author of Photographing Nature, published by New Riders.
Ralph has followed his passion for the natural world by specializing in location photography and video projects of eco-travel, environmental portraits, natural landscapes, wildlife and undersea subjects.
Ralph has traveled throughout the world on assignment including Australia, New Zealand, the Caribbean, Central America, Brasil, Antarctica, Alaska, Mexico, Kenya, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana and South Africa.
Ralph Clevenger’s Website: ralphclevenger.com
Q: Is there a deadline to sign-up for this workshop? Does it sell out? Will you add more room if it does?
For starters, a tripod and remote shutter release are necessary. While you could do the ‘poor man’s cable release’ of using the camera’s self-timer, this will not work when it comes to photographing the critters. Please ensure you have a compatible and working remote shutter release for your camera.
For the tripod, a sturdy tripod that allows greater flexibility in the angle of the legs (how low you can bring the tripod down to the ground), as well as a short or adjustable center column, can really make the difference when it comes to macro photography.
As for your lens choices, you must have either camera lenses that have macro settings or dedicated macro lens. This is a MUST. Macro lenses (sometimes called close-up lenses), extension tubes, or close-up diopters (special lenses that screw into the front of your lens) will work well for macro photography.
The workshop meeting location and additional details will be emailed to all workshop participants as the workshop start date nears.
In order to ensure availability for those on our waiting list, all workshop cancellations will have the following fees applied:
Cancellation up to and within 60 calendar days prior to workshop start date:
Full refund of workshop tuition; no cancellation fee (Refund applied within 3 business days of cancellation notice)
Cancellation up to and within 30 calendar days of workshop start date:
Refund of workshop tuition minus $100 cancellation fee (Refund/fees applied at conclusion of scheduled workshop; waived if workshop seat booked prior to workshop start date)
Cancellation up to and within 7 calendar days of workshop start date:
No refund of workshop tuition (Waived if workshop seat booked prior to workshop start date with applicable refund applied at conclusion of scheduled workshop)