Macro Photography Workshop - Hornet Hoverfly

Macro Photography Workshop

Date(s) - 17/06/2016
9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Hickling Broad


Macro Photography Workshop

Macro Photography Workshop - Hornet Hoverfly Insects in flight - bumblebee Dragonfly close up

This is your chance to get close up and personal with nature. Our specialist macro photography workshop is an opportunity to practise your close up work with insects and plants. We will look at various techniques for macro photography including mastering depth of field, using off-camera flash and manual focus. You will try your hand at close up images of various insects such as butterflies, dragonflies, damselflies, bees, hoverflies and more (subject to availability on the day – we can’t control which species will be around to photograph). We will look at ways of anticipating good shots, including action shots. Our venue will be Hickling Broad in Norfolk, which is a great habitat for all kinds of interesting insects and other wildlife.

Globe Thistle Echinacea

In addition to insect photography we will also try plant photography and flower photography. Plants and flowers are good subjects for more abstract styles as well as more natural shots.

You will need to bring a camera (preferably DSLR) with a lens that allows you to focus up close (less than 1 meter away from the subject or closer). A specialist macro lens or your own extension tubes would be a benefit. Alternatively, there will be Nikon extension tubes available to try on the day. These tend to work best with 50mm or 105mm lenses. Do bring your own tripod if you have one as it can come in handy and please do bring a flash or ring flash if you have one, along with a trigger if possible (to allow you to use it off-camera). If you are at all uncertain about your equipment, please do get in touch before booking. You will need to be familiar with setting aperture, shutter speed and ISO. If you are uncertain of how to use your various camera settings and modes, you might like to try one of our introductory beginners photography workshops or our level 1 photography course first.

This macro photography workshop will involve some walking on level surfaces. If you have mobility issues please do let us know beforehand to help us plan. We will be near plants and insects so if you have any allergies please do bear this in mind. Hickling Broad is operated by the Norfolk Wildlife Trust so you will get free entry if you are a member. If not, then please bring money to pay for your entry (about £5-10). I would suggest bringing a packed lunch to stay on and eat after the workshop. If the weather looks like being inappropriate then we will re-schedule then workshop accordingly.

Macro Photography - Ant Macro Photography - Moss Insects in flight - swallowtail butterflies

We will be a very small group on the day to enable each participant to get the most out of their experience. So, make sure to reserve your place before we fill up!


Bookings are closed for this event.

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