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Macro Photography: Insects and Plant Life

Lesson 10 of 15

Textures and Focus Stacking

 

Macro Photography: Insects and Plant Life

Lesson 10 of 15

Textures and Focus Stacking

 

Lesson Info

Textures and Focus Stacking

When you're out scouting or on a hike and you see something like this, this is a great place to stop. This old, dead tree stump has all kinds of little nooks and crannies, and caverns and cracks, and they're great places for insects to hide. Take a minute, look around, take a close look, change levels, and see what you can find. For anyone that's interested in the abstract macro photography, this is also a great subject for texture. You've got different color and patterns, and you could stay here all day and shoot different textures just on this tree stump. (camera softly clicking) So, when you're shooting textures like this, one really great feature to use is the in-camera focus stacking on the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II. What this does, it takes a series of shots at different focal distances and merges them together in-camera. So, you'll get the details of the relief, whether they be close to the camera or far away, all in-focus in the same shot, all in-camera. When you're shooting st...

acks with focus bracketing for in-camera stacking, you wanna make sure you're supported and braced against something. You're going to take a series of between three and 15 photos in a short period of time, and the more stable your camera is the better your results will be. So here, I'm braced against this tree. I can hold my camera pretty stable, and I'm gonna focus on the point that's closest to my camera, and then the camera will work through a series of shots, focusing all the way from front to back and back to front, and merge those photos together in-camera.

Class Description

AFTER THIS CLASS YOU’LL BE ABLE TO:

  • Understand Macro Photography and how to begin shooting it
  • Know what gear to bring and how to set up your camera
  • Find and approach your subjects, even the crawling/flying ones
  • Fast post-processing techniques to keep you on the move

ABOUT CHRIS'S CLASS:

Take a closer look in this beginner’s guide to macro photography and insect photography. Chris McGinnis, will dive into the world of macro photography from understanding what it is to how to shoot it. He’ll explain how to search and capture a smaller world with just the use of your camera. He’ll dive into the behaviors of insects and their relationships to plant life so that you can capture amazing images from your backyard to national parks.

WHO THIS CLASS IS FOR:

  • Macro Photographers
  • Beginners
  • Hikers

SOFTWARE USED:

Adobe Lightroom CC 2019

EQUIPMENT USED:

Olympus

ABOUT YOUR INSTRUCTOR:

Chris McGinnis is a graphic designer, photographer, and macro photography enthusiast based in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. He obtained his degree in graphic design from Moravian College and, after a stint in the publishing world, joined the creative department at Olympus America. Chris currently works as the Senior Manager of Creative Services and oversees all phases of Olympus’ graphic design, photography, and video production. When he purchased an OM-D E-M10 in 2014, Chris vowed to shoot (and share) at least one photo each day for an entire year. After 365 days shooting, sharing, and learning, he found himself more and more interested in the details. He bought a macro lens and has never looked back. As Chris ventured deeper into the world of macro, he soon shifted his efforts toward featuring the beauty, design, and intricacy of arthropods which often go unnoticed.

Reviews

Chris Baudec
 

Great presentation and great motivation in the post processing. I do wish that the would have been made available. After all, this is a Olympus sponsored event, and Oly settings are always welcomed.... and a tad difficult on the learning curve.

Louisa
 

Good class! Very interesting to see Chris in the field looking for subjects.

Sharon
 

His presentation was informative, realistic and engaging. I had difficulty trying to use some of his camera setting because the OMD is not intuitive like the older Olympus cameras. I need written instructions on how to access some of the setting. I have been shooting with Olympus for over 20 years so I'm not a novice but the OMD is challenging to shoot with.

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