- Workshop program:
Due to the fact that we only have one day to explore different photographic techniques, we will focus on the most important, proven methods, and making optimal use of our equipment. It is also important that you gain knowledge about cropping and creating artistic shots, apart from typical documentary snapping.
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
Required equipment. We will make use of any focal length, ranging from wide-angle (14-18 mm for full-frame cameras) to focal lengths of 200 mm. The necessary minimum is a varifocal 18-55 mm lens. We may not be able to use it for all the shots, but certainly for the majority. We can certainly use something longer, for example a cheap varifocal 70-300 mm lens or manual fixed lens, as well as a typical macro lens. Other necessary accessories include a tripod and a release cable. An on-camera flash lamp will suffice, but if you have an additional external flash lamp you should definitely bring it with you. If you are interested mainly in close-up and macrophotography, recommendations regarding useful equipment can also be found in the description of macrophotography and close-up photography workshops.
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.