Additional information: Due to the high number of ticks in recent years, it is recommended to shoot in long pants. In contrast to the 1-day workshop, during the 3-day workshop it is not necessary to have a change of clothes in case of wetting / soiling. While photographing from the ground level, we will use a waterproof thick film and foam pads in order to be able to get back from the workshop in a relatively clean outfit. A good solution would be to use any equipment with an adjustable screen, as you will not have to lie on the ground.
Registration should be completed via the contact form. After sending application data you will receive an e-mail containing bank account details. Filling and sending the form is tantamount to accepting The Rules and registering for the workshops.
9:00 am – 12:00 midday – morning session. If weather permits, we will focus on shooting against the sun and with side lighting. At 9 am it will be difficult to capture magical morning shots when everything is covered with dew, but perhaps we can still manage. In addition, we will help each other spray water, if such a need arises. It all depends on the temperature and presence or absence of sun.
12:00 midday – 1 pm – lunch
1 pm – 6 pm – taking photographs in diverse environments. During the 1-day workshops we will choose those habitats where it is possible to take interesting pictures – mostly of invertebrates – in areas such as:
– meadows with tall grass – catching interesting species of insects using a net
– ruderal places, clumps of nettles, neighborhood of dirt roads – usually the richest and most diverse natural sites with a lot of plants, insects and arachnids
– trees and shrubs
– In the field we will photograph: – insects, with special emphasis on butterflies – arachnids, – flowers, – insects in flight
17:00 – end of the course.
Those strongly interested in the subject are welcome to participate in the 3 – day workshops which cover a much larger range of subjects.
- During the workshops:
- You will gain practical knowledge on macrophotography, and particularly on how to create fabulous scenery and your own compositions
- You will spare yourself many months of self-learning and mistakes that will ruin your shots – You will learn how to search for topics of photographic interest in seemingly uninteresting sites
- You will find out what type of equipment is best for close-up and macro photography
- How to use your smartphone for close-up photography
What type of equipment will you need?
Minimal requirements. It is enough to have a compact camera with at least a 5x optical zoom and a knack for close-up and macro photography. It should suffice in most cases; additional accessories will be provided during the workshop.
Solution no. 1 The best option is to have a typical SLR camera with a macro lens, with which it is possible to take pictures at a scale of 1: 1. If you cannot bring an SLR camera, it is recommended to have a more advanced compact camera. The cheapest second-hand macro lenses cost around 100-150 £ , while a second-hand compact, or actually a hybrid camera with a better optical system, can be purchased for around 100 £ . There is, however, a number of different solutions. An on-camera flash lamp will suffice, unless you have an additional external flash lamp – then you should definitely bring it with you. Other useful accessories include a tripod and release cable.
Solution no. 2 I realize that some participants may not have the mentioned equipment. If you have standard varifocal lenses, i.e. 18-55 mm, it will suffice to simply purchase a set of manual extension rings (around 7 £). Mounting rings will, however, lead to the reduction of the minimum focus distance of the aforementioned lenses. Thus it is a temporary solution which you cannot employ to all shots. Then you can resort to solution no. 3 and 4.
Solution no. 3 If you only have a varifocal lens, you can additionally buy a macro lens +4 dioptres (this close-up range works best). Another useful accessory will certainly be a snap-on universal mount Raynox DCR 250 or DCR 150 (around 35 £), particularly for compact cameras.
Solution no. 4 If you want to be able to take macro photographs most similar to the effect obtained with a typical macro lens, but you have a limited budget, I recommend M42 lenses. By combing them with extension rings (around 7 £) you will be able to take close-up photographs and most shots in the macro scale.
Among low-cost M42 lenses I recommend Jupiter 135/3.5 or Industar 50/2.8 (costs around 30-40 £). The cons include a strong glare, decrease in contrast when photographing against the sun, as well as the necessity to set the aperture and shutter speed manually. In addition, during the workshops I will also have with me plenty of unusual equipment (see Gallery), which can be tested at will. If you are not sure whether your equipment will come in handy during the workshop, or what to buy – just write to me.