This is a unique annual photo conference dedicated to macro photography. I’ve always wanted to design a program where professional photographers could come together and teach their skills in macro photography and post processing techniques to those who want to learn, and advance their macro photography to the next level.
This Macro Photo Conference will have plenty of how-to lectures and five hours of photographing with varying subject matter. The speakers will be available to help participants with composing subjects and technical aspects. So you need to bring your camera, macro lens, and tripod. The Macro Photo Conference is for all skill levels.
Speakers will have their books available, and will be happy to sign them for you.
Leading New England photo retailer Hunt’s Photo will be there selling lots of photo products. Tamron will have a tech rep on hand with lenses available for you to try out.
There will be a limit of 100 participants, and it should sell out quick. Last year we had participants from 19 different states.
Mike Matthews will have a set up with a few small critters to shoot. We will also have a presentation on how-to clean your own sensor.
Location: Crowne Plaza – 7230 Engle Road, Middleburg Heights, Ohio 44130 (near Cleveland) Hotel Front Desk (440) 243-4040
Dates: October 27th and 28th 2018
Times: Saturday 8:00am to 6pm – Sunday 8:00am – 3pm
For those flying in, Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. The Hotel offers free round trip airport shuttle (available 24 hours)
The hotel group block room rate is $119. Ask for the Macro Photo Conference rate (440) 243-4040. If you register for your room online with the hotel, use the code MPC for the $119 group rate price.
Mike is an international award winning professional macro photographer. His images and articles have been published in Outdoor Photographer Magazine, Natures Best Magazine, Shutterbug, PC Photo Magazine, Nature Photographer Magazine, Photolife, Whisper In The Woods, Michigan Game Finder, NANPA’s Expressions Books, Pure Michigan Book, Tamron’s blog,and Fujifilm’s Newsletters. Mike has won numerous local and international awards, and is a member of Tamron’s “Image Masters”. Mike offers many options to learn about macro photography. http://www.tinylandscapes.com
Program Description: The Properly Equipped Macro Photographer
As a pro macro photographer I am asked many times what is the equipment that I use. In this video I will cover the camera, lenses, tripod/head and all the accessories that I use to make my living. Controlling depth of field, and finding character.
Mike's Post Processing Tips
Learn Mike's post processing techniques using Photoshop, Smart Photo Editor, Nik Software.
Don Komarechka is a nature, macro and landscape photographer located in Barrie, Ontario, Canada. From auroras to pollen, insects to infrared, much of Don’s photographic adventures reveal a deeper understanding of how the universe works. Exploring the world that we cannot see with our own eyes has been a common thread in Don’s career as a professional photographer. Always science-minded but never formally trained, Don uses photography as a way to explore and understand the world around him. Photographing something unusual or unknown is the perfect excuse to learn something new. Don’s work often pushes up against the technical limitations of modern camera equipment and the physical limitations of light itself.www.donkom.ca
The Beauty of Physics: Magical Macro from Geometry and Bending Light
Macro photographers play by a different rulebook. The challenges faced from the subject matter, the equipment and even the laws of physics make this a challenging genre of photography. It can be abstract, it can tell stories, and it can spark your imagination. It's a study of lines, shapes and colors in a very technical way.
Step into a world of photography that most artists consider magical. Photographing refracted images within water droplets reveals not only the beauty of simple physics, but it opens the creative doors to unlimited possibilities in macro photography. The same admiration of simple physics can be seen in every snowflake; the admiration can quickly shift to frustration, but with the right tools and techniques, winter becomes a much more tolerable season for those with an eye for details. In the end, the hardest part is simply finding or creating the most beautiful subject.
Specific discussion of the challenges of depth of field and focus stacking will be discussed, as well as many reasons why extreme macro photography can be accomplished entirely handheld - and why this can be an advantage.
Jackie has been photographing the natural world, with an emphasis on flowers, since the age 16. It wasn't until much later, however, that her photography grew when she was influenced by Nancy Rotenberg's philosophy and imagery. She began to see things that she wasn't focusing on, and that's when her images started to "sing." Jackie is at home in the field shooting wildflowers, in botanical gardens, home gardens, and in her home. Jackie has received international acclaim for her images and teaches individual and group workshops. She was named Competitor of the Year (2017) by the Jacksonville Professional Photographers Guild and in the Top Ten Photographers for 2017. Jackie also maintains an active Facebook group, Phlorography - Artistic Floral Photography, with over 2,700 passionate floral photographers from around the world. https://www.luvblooms.com/
FLORAL IMAGERY – FROM MUNDANE TO OTHER-WORLDLY
Jackie will share some of her techniques for floral photography to stimulate new ways of thinking. Unlock or awaken your own potential and create images that elicit various moods and touch viewers deep within. See how modifying certain elements, such as lighting, lenses, and one’s vantage point, can yield a smorgasbord of styles.
Over the course of his 30-year career, Steve Gettle has spent countless hours creating hundreds of thousands of photographs capturing nature’s beauty around us.Steve’s images have been exhibited in galleries and museums all over the world, including:Museum of Natural History in London. The American Museum of Natural History in New York, As well as two solo shows at The National Center for Nature Photography.
Steve’s work has been featured in many books, magazines, calendars, and other publications including: The National Geographic Society, Canadian Geographic, Audubon,Sierra Club, The BBC, The World Wildlife Fund, The National Wildlife Federation, Birder’s World, Nature’s Best, Wild Bird, Natural History.
Steve has been honored to receive many awards for his photography. Some of the highlights include being chosen as Great Lakes Wildlife Photographer of the Year, a multiple award winner honored in the BBC’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest, as well as often recognized in the prestigious Nature’s Best Photography contest. http://www.stevegettle.com
“Macro Photography 201 - Moving in Closer”
A beautiful new world opens up when we move in beyond 1:1 (1:1 = a full frame shot of a nickel). During this course we will explore the exciting world of more extreme macro photography. You will learn how to use special techniques and equipment to peer into the world of the truly tiny. We will explore some simple things like extension tubes and close-up diopters to get in close, as well as more specialized techniques and equipment like microscope objectives and focusing rails. We will also discover the creative doors kicked open through the use of focus-stacking.
After graduating from MICA in 1978, Harold produced photographic fine art and taught photography at the college level for several years. He opened a studio in 1987, and for almost 30 years, light painting has been the only method of lighting that he's used. (He refers to his process as “Sculpting with Light”)
2011, Harold was invited to participate in an exhibition of landscape photography in Inner Mongolia, China along with 10 other American and 20 Chinese photographers.
He was also chosen as one of four photographers to exhibit in the inaugural FRESH exhibition at Klompching Gallery in Brooklyn, New York.
His large scale color work has been exhibited, collected, and published in the U.S. and internationally in The Royal Photographic Society (The Journal), Photo China Magazine, Progresso Fotografico, Ukraine Photographer, as well as several other European magazines. In the U.S., his work was featured in LensWork #93, LensWork #121, Professional Photographer Magazine, and Digital Photographer, among others. Digital publications include The New York Times LENS, Boing Boing, aCurator, LENSCRATCH, Colossal, Photigy, Luminous Landscape, and more.
Gallery representation: Susan Spiritus Gallery, CA., and High Noon Gallery, Beijing.
Harold lives in Lancaster County, PA, where he produces work and teaches workshops in his process.
Join noted photographer Harold Ross for an information packed presentation on Sculpting with Light, a technique that he has been perfecting for more than 25 years.
Harold will show you how his method of light painting can absolutely transform the ordinary subject into something remarkable.
His lighting technique reveals extraordinary detail, shape, and dimension in his subjects.
Harold will explain what he means by "Sculpting with Light", the advantages of light painting in still life work, his Six Principles of Lighting, and in reviewing some of his work, he will explain how these principles work in practice and he'll show why his process is so trans-formative.
Mike Matthews started his passion for photography over 40 years ago and has been shooting professionally for the last 15 years. His images have been published in numerous magazines such as Birds and Bloom, Gulf Shore Life, Kentucky Home and Garden, and Florida Game and Fish to name a few. Mike has won numerous awards for his photography, especially in the area of macro photography, and leads his annual macro frog and reptile workshops all across the U.S. Mike has been a regular featured speaker and workshop leader at the St Augustine Birding and Photo Fest, the Space Coast Birding Festival, and has been a regular speaker for camera clubs throughout the state of Florida and southeastern United States. Being an avid outdoorsman, Mike uses his outdoor skills to get close to wildlife and takes stunning photographs that captivate his audience.