The Art of Seeing: Macro Techniques for Flowers and Plants


The Art of Seeing: Macro Techniques for Flowers and Plants


Lesson Info

Macro Photo Accessories

There was a question earlier about mobile photography using this the camera function in your smartphones and I didn't have a chance to answer that. But this is actually my new favorite camera. It enables me to do panos as we're all sitting here in the studio (laughter) and even the screen behind me, and I get a little bit of back exercise in the process as well. (laughter) Now, seriously these are amazing devices and it took me a while to latch on to the photography potential of 'em but my iPhone I use as much as I use my DSLR these days. Now what does that tell you about where things are going? So, the person who asked the question about mobile photography, I'll say the answer is, right on. Are you ready for to start with a question? Yes, can I Yes. There was a question earlier about, about GPS attachments for your DSLR camera. It was a question that came here from the audience during one of our breaks. And, here's the answer. Nikon makes a dedicated GPS attachment for its DSLR...

cameras but it's kind of an antiquated gadget. It connects to the to the camera using a cable and it's kind of awkward. There's a company in Hong Kong called DI-GPS that makes this wonderful unit that goes straight into the ten prong outlet on your DSLR cameras and then you don't have to use a cable. And you can still add your remote release to the front of it. I highly recommend you consider this. And for me, having a GPS capability attached to my camera's a godsend 'cause I travel so much and I don't always have time to add metadata to the pictures as I generate them. So, the GPS of course automatically geotags every single image. And then, as I'm traveling along the coast of Greenland, which we did last year, with all these impossible names for the forte and the inlet, now I can do it later on. So, it's a must have thing. Franz, speaking of Greenland you do so much work out in the field. Can you talk to us a little bit about your workflow for backing up when you're out in the jungle and you need to make sure that your photos are gonna make it home. Yes, I use a MacBook Pro as my as my tool for downloading pictures in the field. I download images into Adobe Lightroom and we're gonna talk a little bit more about that in a few minutes. But then I back them up on hard drives. And, these are hard drives with a capacity of two terabyte and I protect 'em in these little cases 'cause these are the crowned jewels of every trip. And then I back 'em on to a second hard drive and then when I come back from a trip to the studio, they go on to the server that we house in the studio with a capacity of 30-40 terabytes. But I always feel a little vulnerable because of course inside these hard drives are spinning disks and the question is not if your hard drive will fail. The question is when will it fail. So the new solid state technology is quite remarkable. We already see that entering into our computers but look at this tiny little thing here made by SanDisk. This is a solid state hard drive capacity of 240 gigabytes and it weighs nothing. It fits into my pocket and it costs only $100. And, if it's $100 now, it will probably be $50 next year and the capacity will be doubled or quadrupled. So this is the next wave of technology that is going to come within reach to any of us interested in safely backing up pictures. Great. All right. Is there any other equipment that we haven't covered yet that you'd like to talk a little bit about? Well the cards, 'cause that's also part of the work flow. Great. I keep them in these wallets and we've all been in situations where you're not quite sure whether you've offloaded a card or not. My method is very simple. I turn the cards over, back side facing forward when I've downloaded 'em and they go back into the wallet. At the end of every shoot, I double check whether I've downloaded everything when I get home. I do not spend a lot of time in reconciling content while I'm traveling. And I've been in too many situations where I ran into trouble with technical issues. I might have duplicated a download. So I make sure that I always have more cards with me than I could possibly need so that I can reconcile things when I get home. I travel quite a bit these days with people who've joined us on exotic trips to Greenland or Galapagos or come to Africa with us. And the worst situation for you to be in is after a long day out and after two gin and tonics around a campfire you then have to deal with problems of downloading. If you've got a problematic card, you need to be able to put it to the side, add a new card to your camera and worry about reconciling things after you get home.

Class Description

The beauty of nature runs deep. Every growing thing hides whorls, patterns, and subtle shadings of color that escape the cursory glance. Macro photographers are driven to capture these secret details, but it can be hard to master the techniques that allow them to truly evoke nature at its best.

Join renowned National Geographic photographer and naturalist Frans Lanting for this class as he walks you through the Arboretum at the University of California at Santa Cruz.
You’ll learn:

  • How to take great impressionistic shots freehand
  • How to use combinations of natural light, flash, and light modifiers
  • How to set up beautiful and controlled images
Frans Lanting has documented wildlife from the Amazon to Antarctica, and has made a career of recording the beauty of nature in vivid, transporting imagery. In this class, you’ll learn how he has distilled the quiet joy of discovering hidden beauty, and bring it home with you. Best of all, you'll be able to apply these macro photography approaches and techniques in the field or even at home with a bouquet of flowers on your kitchen table.