19th May 2018
Cost $ 160
Pete Dobré’s Oz Scapes
BSB 105 144
Acc 031 029 940
Swift Code SGBLAU2S
Routing Number ( USA Banks ) 021000021
Nature’s Macro is a day workshop where we explore the wonder of things below us. This takes in colour, texture, shape and detail in the world of fungi and what lays on the forest floor. This is a stunning day workshop which is focused is on the theme of “Fungi”. You will be amazed and in awe on this subject as it offers so much. I will be there to guide you, help you with your settings of the camera and composition and you will come away a better photographer in having a greater understanding of the world macro.
We meet at 8.00am down Brighton Jetty and I’ll be on the corner of Alfreda Street and The Esplanade which is north of the Jetty by several hundred metres. Look for the guy wearing the red Eternity Cap:) You will be dropped off back at Brighton at approx 6pm.
We travel to our destination in a bus that is hired by myself.Lunch is not provided . Light refreshments and water is supplied. Where this workshop takes place , there is a bakery and a supermarket to chose from.
The following pictures is a small example of the fungi that you’ll be shooting. A tripod is essential for this workshop.If you need advice on what tripod would be best for this workshop Pete can recommend a good tripod that can get to ground level which will open many other shots that you thought were not possible. Macro demands a tripod . Hand holding will never give you the results of a tripod.( This is mentioned at the end of this text)
Often I’m asked” Do I need a tripod for this shot? My response is, how sharp do you want your images to be” Deep down you know the answer.
Do I need a macro lens to do macro photography? Clearly if you have one , it’s ideal but it is not essential as you can take pics from a macro point of view without the traditional macro lens. An example of this can be found in eight of the images below which was not taken with a macro lens.
Can you guess what six images they might be?
In all macro photography even if you are using a non macro lens, a tripod is essential as I mentioned before. It can be tempting to say to yourself ” I’ll just hand hold this, one shot wont matter” When people say this, it is just them being lazy as they can’t be bothered to set their tripods up as it does take time to do so. Later when they look at their images, they are disappointed due to the camera shake that comes through.
Shooting subjects like this, it is never about walking away with 50 images:it;s about finishing the day with a handful of images that you can be very proud of and I will be there to help you with your settings ans guide you.
When shooting subjects like this, composotion is ever so important and often it is easier sdeeing the picture before you look through the lens. The key to any photography like this is previsualising the shot before you actually take it. Composition will always make or break your shot. I’m there to guide you on that as well, if you need it.
Join me on this exciting theme as we explore this together the things that lay on the forest floor.Wherever you look there are wonderful and rewarding surprises.
Remember you don’t need a macro lens to do this workshop but what you do need is a tripod and not a flimsy one either. A tripod that you can open flat to the ground is an advantage as well. Not just for this workshop but for other things that you may want to shoot as getting down low is always a good thing as it gives you a totally different point of view. I don’t work for any camera shop, I have no kick backs so what I recommend next is a good all round tripod that I use and it is sensational. It.s not too heavy, not to light, just right as Goldilocks would say . I use a vanguard 264 Altra Pro:) Pete:)