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Handheld Butterfly Macros

by on Apr.14, 2011, under Composition, Monday Morning Tips

Another Good Year for Butterflies

Yesterday, I led three great students on a 3-hour macro photography workshop through the Butterfly Jungle at Wild Animal Park (WAP). As usual, the butterflies were gorgeous, flitting from one flower to the next like colorful miniature dancers. During workshops, I generally don’t have much time to shoot because I’m busy assisting students and answering questions but yesterday I was able to make about 60 photos. Of those, about 15 turned out to be keepers so I was pleased. Typically, handhelding macros is a fool’s game and not much good comes of it. WAP no longer allows tripods so I used a monopod to make these photos.

2011 Butterfly Jungle, Wild Animal Park, San Diego, CA   2011 Butterfly Jungle, Wild Animal Park, San Diego, CA   2011 Butterfly Jungle, Wild Animal Park, San Diego, CA

If you’re interested in butterflies and macros, there’s still time. Butterfly Jungle is open until May 9. You can also photograph butterflies at the Living Desert Zoo in Palm Desert, CA. I’ll be there Saturday, April 16 from 7AM until about noon.

Don’t Forget Gloria Hopkins’ Composition Webinar next week

You still have time to register HERE.

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Poor Man’s (or Woman’s) Macro

by on Mar.21, 2011, under Composition, gear, Monday Morning Tips

Macro Photography on the Cheap

The Annual Spring Desert Wildflower and Macro Photography Workshop is this coming weekend, March 26 and 27. To make the most of opportunities that abound for macro (close- up) images of flowers, bugs and other subjects that appear in spring, here’s a short primer on several low cost ways to get into close-up photography.

Most people immediately think of a dedicated macro lens when first considering macro photography. This produces the best images but also costs the most. For example, Canon offers several dedicated macro lenses ranging in price from $450 to $1500. On a positive note, unlike other macro solutions, dSLR macro lenses make for some very good portrait lenses. More

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Out of My Gourd

by on Jun.28, 2010, under Monday Morning Tips

International Gourd Festival

Say what? A gourd festival? Yep, you read that right. I attended the 14th Annual International Gourd Festival this weekend. You’re all probably green with envy.

Held in De Luz, CA, a tiny wide spot on the road between Fallbrook and Temecula, CA, the gourd festival is on the grounds of Welburn Farms, the largest US gourd producer. I first heard of this event 10 years ago and always thought I should check it out. This year, I finally got a “round tuit”.
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Macro Lens Alternatives

by on Apr.19, 2010, under Monday Morning Tips

Macro On the Cheap

The annual Desert Spring Wildflower and San Diego Wild Animal Park Butterfly Workshops are over for 2010 and, as always, many students were fascinated by the world of macro photography. So much so that some wanted to rush out and buy a new macro lens. Before you spend a lot of money on a dedicated macro lens, here are some alternatives as well as the pros and cons of each.


Each photo above was taken with a different macro configuration. Click to read more

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Monday Morning Tip – 09/14/09

by on Sep.13, 2009, under Monday Morning Tips, Photoshop Elements, Schedule, Webcast, Workshops

Learn Photoshop Elements in 4 Hours… Win Cool Prizes!

Just added a copy of 1-2-3 of Digital Imaging to the pile of goodies. Some lucky student will receive this for being among the first 20 to register if their number is drawn.

We’re also giving away a copy of the 1000 page Photoshop World workbook. PSW is in October so the information doesn’t get any fresher unless you shell out $1000 to attend PSW in person. Remember, you have be among the first 20 students to register to be entered into the drawing for these prizes.

If that’s not enough, the first 20 registrants have a choice of 3 terrific gifts to choose from just for being smart enough to be on the leading edge of webinars. When you register, you’ll receive an e-mail with a list of gifts to choose from so register now!

Click HERE to read how you can learn Photoshop Elements in just 4 hours from Rob Sheppard, editor of Outdoor Photographer magazine. Don’t let the magazine title scare you, the class covers all aspects of PSE, not just outdoor or nature photography. Most of what this class covers also applies to Photoshop CSx. Best of all, you get 60 days of e-mail support in case you have problems applying what Rob’s tricks, tips and shortcuts.

Freebie! Depth of Field Calculator

Normally, I don’t write about freebies until I have them in hand but this one is gonna take some effort on my part (I have to make them) so I’m asking first before I waste time on something no one wants.

How many people want a free (except for SASE) Depth of Field Calculator? If you don’t know what a DoF calculator is, go here. If you don’t know why you’d want a DoF calculator, you don’t need it. If you have difficulty using a ruler, you won’t be able to use this. If you don’t know what depth of field is or why it’s important, you need to take my dSLR class. If you want one, leave a comment here. That way, I’ll know how much time and effort I’m facing.

Monday Morning Tip

Today’s MMT covers the last lens most amateurs usually want, a macro. A macro is any lens that allows you to make photos that are 100% of actual size. In other words, if an object is 22.2mm across, a macro will fill the entire sensor of a Canon Digital Rebel from side-to-side with the object. There’s an image in the MMT that illustrates this concept. As always, all MMTs are in the MMT archives on the Tips & News page.

For those who have read all 3 MMTs dealing with lenses for new dSLR owners and amateur photographers, here’s a great article that basically says the same thing I said except in fewer words. See if your Canon lens kit matches what he writes.

Something Truly Amazing and Humbling

Most photographers have heard of Sergei Prokudin-Gorskii but, if you’re like me, you just thought he was a mad Russian scientist. It turns out Prokudin-Gorskii was really a photographer in his own right and produced hundreds of color photos long before any of us ever thought of color photography. The Smithsonian bought his collection and has been restoring the glass negatives. Here’s a small sample of his work. The man was truly an artist, a visionary and a scientist, well ahead of his time.


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