MACRO SAFARI II:
- When: May 4-5, 2013
- Where: Morro Bay, CA
- Price: $495
Workshop Capacity: Minimum of 5 students, maximum of 10 students
NOTE: In order to fully take advantage of this workshop’s instruction, it is highly recommended that you have previously attended the “Macro Safari I: An Introduction to Close-Up Photography” workshop or already exercise an equivalent skill set.
~ George Lepp
- Debit card and all major credit cards are accepted for workshop registration.
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Some very special creatures will be your models during our “critter” day, including:
LIZARDS WITH EYELASHES
These and other small and strange animals will be “wrangled” for you by professionals. In addition to the small animals, we’ll also focus on flora …
FLORA & MICRO LANDSCAPE:
In additional to photographing the small animals, we’ll photograph at the San Luis Obispo Botanical Gardens. Here we will bring the studio into the field with controlled lighting. We will find a variety of native and exotic flowers, leaves, seeds and even micro landscapes that can be brought to life through beautiful lighting.
After breakfast we’ll meet with our professional animal wrangler and go over the lighting equipment and environmental sets that we’ll use to photograph the small animals.
We’ll work individually with each participant to cover specific equipment questions and techniques. Then we’ll bring out the critters and spend the next several hours creating images. Learning how to use multiple lights and different backgrounds will give your images visual variety even with the same subject.
Later in the afternoon we’ll review our images and talk about what worked and why, how to solve problems that arose during our photo session, and how to apply what we learned to other subjects.
Following breakfast we’ll meet at the San Luis Obispo Botanic Garden. We’ll introduce some pre-visualizing techniques that will help you compose and light flowers and leaves. We’ll talk about the concepts associated with our subjects and how to interpret these concepts visually.
Using natural and artificial backgrounds, multiple lights, and special focus techniques we’ll spend the rest of the day photographing.
In the afternoon we’ll share our images and review the tools and techniques we’ve been using. The goal is to leave the workshop with enough knowledge to apply these creative lighting techniques to future subjects.
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.
We’ll show you how to build and design, light, and photograph with environmental sets, including:
• Shooting through glass
• Natural set design
• Techniques in handling small animals
LIGHTING & EQUIPMENT:
This workshop will emphasize using controlled light, mainly flash, in single and multiple lighting set ups:
• Setting up your flash
• Using wireless flash
• Understanding of the proper use of light modification tools, including gels, snoots & grids
• Macro rails
• Macro lenses
• Extension tubes
We’ll review special shooting and Photoshop processing techniques, including:
• Multi-focus blending
• Multi-exposure blending
The City of Morro Bay and the community of Los Osos are located on the central California coast, about 15 miles west of San Luis Obispo. Morro Bay is located at the north end of the bay and Los Osos is located at the south end of the bay.
The recommended airport for arrival and departure is the San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport (SBP).
Travel time from San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport to Morro Bay is approximately 30 minutes. Car rentals are available at the airport.
Driving time from nearest major city:
From Los Angeles to Morro Bay, via Highway 101, is approximately 4 hours.
From San Francisco to Morro Bay, via Highway 101, is approximately 4 hours.
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 Morro Bay, Los Osos, and San Luis Obispo.
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.
In addition to a tripod and macro lens you’re going to need at least one flash. You need to be able to use the flash off the camera. A TTL flash cord or wireless flash triggering system will allow you to trigger your flash off-camera.
If you have a second or even third small flash bring them.
If you have small reflectors and diffusers bring them too.
Any other close-up equipment like focus rails, diopters, extension tubes, teleconverters, etc. will add to the creative opportunities.
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)