capture tiny subjects in larger-than-life detail in this unique macro-and-flash workshop

These diminutive denizens of our wetlands mark the coming of Spring, and are much easier heard than seen!  Only the size of a thumbnail, Spring Peepers are difficult to spot in their natural setting even when chirping loudly, and the fact that they’re nocturnal doesn’t do much to help out us photographers. But with the proper technique and equipment, we can make stunning captures of these cryptic critters.  We will teach you how to use a macro lens, and a diffused off-camera flash or LED lighting kit to to take close up images of small subjects in the dark. These techniques can be used for handheld macro photography of all types of subjects, from frogs, to insects, to flowers. 

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN

  • Flash exposure for macro using TTL flash metering and manual camera settings
  • Macro lens focusing technique
  • How to find Spring Peepers in the dark, as well as other tiny subjects

Required Equipment

  • DSLR or mirrorless camera
  • Macro Lens
  • Flash - either taken off-camera with a TTL cord or wireless transmitter; ring flash; or LED ring light or light panel
  • Tall rubber boots or waders
  • Head Lamp

Recommended Equipment

  • Small diffuser or softbox for flash (Lumiquest Softbox or similar)
  • Off-camera flash bracket (Delta Flash Bracket or similar)

Physical Difficulty

Light walking with lots of shooting close to ground level. Only appropriate for those who are able to bend down and stand up with no trouble.

Meeting Location

Burrage Pond, Hanson at 7 PM.

 Every registrant will receive a free spiffy lens cloth for all your camera cleaning needs!

Every registrant will receive a free spiffy lens cloth for all your camera cleaning needs!