Posted April 25, 2012 in: Meetings
President Guy Stephens opened the meeting, held at the Prince Frederick library, with a brief welcome and introduction of this month’s guest speaker, Robert Tinari. Robert is a very accomplished fine art photographer who specializes in landscape, floral, wildlife and abstract work, and who also teaches beginner to advanced digital photography classes in Chesapeake Beach. This was Robert’s second visit to our club, and we were happy to welcome him back for today’s topic - “Macro Photography.”
Macro photography is defined as photographing something close up, using a 1:1 ratio. It is a very exacting photography. The quality of the lens, and not the number of megapixels of the camera box itself, determine the quality of the image. One of his favorite lenses is his Nikon 2.8 60 mm macro lens. Robert shoots his macro images using only manual focus, and recommends an SLR or DSLR camera, so that “through the lens” metering can be used. He also recommends using the aperture priority setting on your camera, to control the depth of field in your image. Many new DSLR cameras now have a “Depth of Field” preview button, which can be very helpful in setting up your shots.
Robert uses a quality tripod with adjustments that allow him to put the tripod very close to the ground, and highly recommends that the tripod have a “ball head,” for ease in moving the camera to compose and lock in your shots. He has also found that a “Focusing Rail” is a good investment, as it is much easier to move the rail, with the camera aboard, than it is to keep picking up the entire tripod and camera to do small, incremental adjustments before taking your photograph.
A good alternative to buying an expensive macro lens is to purchase a “teleconverter” or “doubler.” These are similar to a filter, in that they affix to the front of your camera, but they are put on before your lens. They work to magnify your image, much like a macro lens would. Purchase good quality glass, as you get what you pay for. You can also purchase an “extension ring,” to increase the distance you are shooting from your subject.
In using either or both of these add-ons, it is important to remember that you will lose light on your subject, and must compensate for the lost light with your camera settings. Nikon makes a 5T and 6T set of magnifying lenses that can be affixed to your lens by purchasing the appropriate “step up” or “step down” ring to accommodate the size of your lens.
As focus is so critical to macro photography, Robert recommends using a remote release to trigger your shutter, or a timer, to avoid possible camera shake in pressing the shutter yourself. As in all other types of photography, your lighting is critical in macro photography, too. Diffused lighting often gives the best results.
After providing his tips and showing us the gear he uses for his macro photography, Robert closed his presentation with an inspiring slideshow of his work, followed by questions from the club. We thank Robert for his wonderful presentation full of great tips for shooting in macro. For those that might be interested, Robert’s website at www.tinariphoto.com provides information on his photography classes, which he conducts in either small groups or one on one.
After Robert’s presentation, the club took a 5 minute break to stretch and help themselves to a snack, while club member Jim Rogers set up for the next segment of our meeting, featuring a slideshow of his images. Club members are reminded that anyone who is interested may fill out our sign up sheet to present a 5 minute slideshow of their choosing, at one of our upcoming meetings.
Next up, Jim treated the club to a slideshow of his images, featuring the colorful buildings he photographed on a trip to Cape Town, South Africa. The last image of the slideshow featured a sign saying “Children should be seen – not hurt,” which was a very clever way to end our mini-tour of Cape Town. Thank you, Jim, for sharing your vision of Cape Town with us.
After the slideshow, club member Bruce Armstrong presented a demonstration on how to make your own Gallery print, constructing one right before our eyes. He indicated that he buys his materials from B&H Photo, including the Fine Art Inkjet Canvas he prints on by the Hahnemuhle Company. For those who missed the demonstration, or would like to see it again, check your e-mail, as Bruce was kind enough to use our club’s group e-mail address to send members links to the YouTube video he mentioned, showing how to construct the gallery print, and to the Hahnemuhle web page, which explains the Hahnemuhle gallery wrap system, and has a step-by-step PDF direction page. A special thank you to Bruce for sharing all of this information with us.
Guy picked up with the business portion of our meeting, reminding members of the following: (1) it is now time to submit images for the summer exhibit of club member’s images, to be displayed at the Solomon’s Island Visitor’s Center – see Guy’s recent e-mail to members for more information; (2) passwords have now been sent out to all paid members of the club, to access the “Club Members only” portion website; contact Guy if you are a paid member, but have not received your password; and (3) our club library is up and running and there are books available to borrow – see Spencer if interested.
In other club business, Anne Marie Gardens has contacted Guy, and expressed an interest in our club and a possible collaboration. Our May meeting will be held at Anne Marie Gardens, followed by an exploration of the gardens, afterwards. More information on any possible collaboration with Anne Marie Gardens will be provided as the details unfold.
New club member Daniel Coughlin was introduced by Guy. He comes to us from the west coast, and has a formal education in photography from the Brooks Institute. He has expressed an interest in sharing his knowledge and passion with the club, and we welcome him to our Club’s Education Program Committee. Jeff and Daniel are in the process of developing an educational component for our club trips, and Daniel may do a short demo on our trip to Sotterley Plantation, in May. The club may look forward to upcoming educational opportunities led by Daniel.
Looking ahead, the club will host photographer Cameron Davidson at our September meeting. Cameron is an accomplished Chesapeake Bay photographer, who will do a presentation to our club, and a book signing.
Treasurer Bonnie Bryant gave her report, indicating that we now have 29 paid club members, and $613.46 in our treasury. She also reminded members about our upcoming May 5 trip to Sotterley Plantation, which requires an RSVP. Please let Robbin Haigler know ASAP if you are planning to attend, so that she may give a head count to Sotterley. Brochures about the plantation, as well as Anne Marie Gardens and the Baltimore Aquarium (our June 2nd field trip), were available for those who were interested. More information about the June 2nd field trip will go out by e-mail, later. Our next meeting will be on May 19, at Anne Marie Gardens.
Finally, club members are reminded about two sign-up sheets: one for presenting a slideshow, and the other for bringing a snack to an upcoming meeting. Our shooting assignment for May is Macro or close up photography.
The meeting was concluded with our sharing assignment, “Panoramic Photography.” Several club members came forward and shared their photographs, as well as the stories behind their beautiful panoramic images.
Until next time, Happy Spring and Happy Shooting !
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