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Macro Photography Workshop

  • ArtFarm Studios 111 Chinquapin Round Road Annapolis, MD, 21401 United States (map)

Macro Photography -Artist series – by Sheila White Guevin

“If your pictures aren’t good enough, you aren’t close enough” ~ Robert Capa, photojournalist

One of the reasons I am a big fan of prime lenses is that they force you to move to frame your photos. It changes your photography when you get in the habit of being the one to move instead of relying on a telephoto lens. Moving becomes second nature and with it, you change not just distance but also viewpoint and angles. It has been a true game changer in my photography.

Macro/Micro photography is all about getting closer and changing angles. Seeing the subject in a way we can’t see it from more distance.

This class will be primarily hands on. I will be shooting a 100mm macro lens. Any lens/camera combination with macro capability is acceptable.

At ArtFarm, we will have several stations set up.
Station One is using a self-contained light box.
Station Two: Using a glass plate with water (glycerin) drops
Station Three: Still life using flowers and engagement ring(s). You can photograph your own ring. I will also have a costume jewelry ring. Creative macro shots with rings is a must skill for all wedding and engagement photographers.

After our lunch break, we will go outside to work in natural light. Hoping we get a bright sunny day, so we can use a sheer panel light natural light box on location. Will also bring card stock as a natural light studio backdrop.

You are welcome to bring your own objects to photograph: coins, jewelry, botanicals, small toys, rusty things. Anything you have that works with showing its details in macro.

10am – Noon: On location at the Art Farm Studios. Multiple interactive work stations.
Lunch break: My plan is to eat at a nearby location. You are welcome to join me at lunch to chat or you can take this time for yourself, to recharge.
1pm – 2:30: Photo walk with instructor to explore a nearby location and put your new knowledge into practice. Natural light studio drops and light box.

Note: Students should have a general working knowledge of their camera. It is best if students can shoot in manual, but at minimum — must know how to change basic ISO, Aperture, and Shutter Speed in Aperture Mode or Manual Mode. Students should have access to their camera instruction manuals at all times.

Earlier Event: August 23
Comedy Film Night (All Ages)