Macro Photography lets you get close to the familiar and present it in a new manner that people aren’t used to seeing. This workshop is perfect for those who are looking to improve their macro photography skills.
Macro Photography is an increasingly popular form of photography and with good reason. It is accessible and is a very broad genre of photography, offering something for just about any level of photographer from the seasoned pro to the novice beginner. If you have ever wanted to get “up close and personal” to your photography subject, macro photography might just be for you. The Intro to Macro Photography Workshop is held at our studio in San Jose, and is perfect for those who have a grasp of photography basics, and are ready to take their skill to a new level.
Topics Covered in This Workshop
- What defines macro photography
- Review of equipment
- Setting up the perfect macro shot
- Finding subject matter to photograph
- Post-processing your photographs using Adobe Lightroom® CC
This is a 6-hour workshop that includes on-location photography with select subject matter as well as post-processing of your images in our classroom. Each student will need to bring their own computer with Adobe Lightroom® CC installed to learn how to edit their photos to get the best results possible.
- 9:00am-9:30am: Orientation and setup
- 9:30am-12:00pm: Shooting
- 12:00pm-1:00pm: Lunch break
- 1:00pm-3:00pm: Post-Processing
We will begin with a 30 minute presentation to introduce students to basic macro photography concepts and camera settings that will be used during the studio shoot with our subjects. There will be photography stations set up to give students a wide variety of macro opportunities.
After lunch, we will come back to the studio to review images and your instructors will use Adobe Lightroom® to show you how to enhance and edit your photos to make them really stand out! We will cover topics such as image selection, to crop or not to crop, basic post-processing techniques, and preparing the file for print.
What’s Included in Your Workshop
- Hands-on Instruction by 1 or more professional photographers
What’s Not Included
- Transportation to/from Workshop starting location
- Instructor Gratuities
- Meals during workshop breaks. You may bring a sack lunch and snacks if you would like to, or you can bring money as there will be places you can purchase lunch.
What To Bring
- Your digital SLR camera. If you have two bodies, bring both. This is a digital photography class, but if you have a favorite point-and-shoot or old film camera you like, bring it along, and if time permits, you can use it as well.
- Lenses. Try to cover a range from very wide (17-20mm), for landscape images, to zoom ranges (100-400mm) for wildlife. It’s not uncommon to see wildlife on workshops (even those structured for landscape instruction), so it’s best to be prepared, if possible. We also encourage you to bring other lenses, like a macro or fish-eye lens if you have them, because there are always endless creative possibilities to be found on our workshops.
- Tripod. This is a necessity for ALL our workshops. It can be windy in many of the areas we take you, so the sturdier your tripod, the better. If you haven’t purchased one yet, you can e-mail our instructors; they would be happy to assist you in selecting a tripod that is perfect for you.
- Filters. We do a great deal of work with filters in our workshops, so, if you have them, bring them. We highly recommend a Circular Polarizer, and a (3 or 4) soft-step graduated neutral density (GND) filter. We also use straight neutral density filters, which will help us get longer exposures in all times of day, but this isn’t as important as the first two mentioned. We have a few extras that can be loaned out, but you’re going to love what you see with the filters, and you’ll want to have your own.
- Extra batteries. Bring at least 1 or 2 extra batteries. Cold temperatures and long exposures can drain batteries very quickly. There is no worse feeling than arriving at the last spot of the night for sunset and having a dead battery.
- Extra memory cards. Our instructors will show you the benefits of shooting in RAW format, which is a better method for photography, but takes up more space on a card. Having multiple memory cards will be to your benefit.
- Clothing & shoes. Bring layers of clothing you can add if/when temperature and wind conditions change, and they can! And wear good, comfortable walking shoes!
- Lunch, or money for lunch. And snacks. On two and three day workshops, we provide snacks and water. On one day workshops, we stop for lunch at a local food establishment where you can purchase food or eat what you have brought for yourself.
- Your sense of adventure! We want to teach you what it is YOU want to learn, and have you come away with some good images. And, since the nature of outdoor photography means we’re subject to weather conditions, which we can’t control, sometimes we must be flexible with the itinerary. So, come ready for anything. Because we are dedicated to do everything possible to ensure you’re in the best places at the best times to get amazing images.
- Your Thinking Cap! Show up ready, because you’re going to learn! Some tips: make sure to read the workshop details before you arrive, so you know what to expect, and what to bring; bring a list of questions you want to ask the instructors; check the weather forecast so you’re aware of possible weather changes; and most importantly, show up with a brain that is ready for learning, and we promise we’ll fill it up with as much information as you desire!
Safety, Confidence, Being Prepared
Aperture Academy is a professional organization dedicated to safe, quality, positive experiences for our students, and a responsible stewardship for the breathtaking locations and beautiful wildlife we enjoy at every workshop.
We work with the United States Department of Interior, the National Park Service and the US Forestry Service to obtain all the proper permits to operate safely, conscientiously and legally. We carry much more than the required minimum of insurance, and our skilled instructors are certified as Wilderness First Responders, in CPR, as well as in the Leave No Trace Outdoor Ethics program. They are qualified and rated to drive Class B vehicles. And, have we mentioned that each is an accomplished, successful professional photographer?
Every “ApCad” member is dedicated to ensuring our students receive the best care and guidance possible, so each of them have the opportunity to get the most remarkable, enjoyable and enriching photography experience available anywhere in the world.