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Macro Photography: Insects and Plant Life

with Chris McGinnis

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  •   01 Class Introduction

    01:39
  •   11 How to Get the Shot

    15:23

Class duration: 1h 52m

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About The Class

Get Close to capture insects, plants and water droplets

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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.

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Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Class Introduction

    01:39
  2. 02

    Location Scouting

    02:59
  3. 03

    What is Macro Photography

    02:09
  4. 04

    What Makes a Good Macro Photo

    03:44
  5. 05

    Gear

    11:20
  6. 06

    Preparing for Outdoor Macro

    02:00
  7. 07

    Camera Settings

    06:48
  8. 08

    How to Get Started With Macro

    11:59
  9. 09

    How To Find And Approach Subjects

    13:02
  10. 10

    Textures and Focus Stacking

    01:43
  11. 11

    How to Get the Shot

    15:23
  12. 12

    Using Macro Flash Set

    02:44
  13. 13

    Post-Processing: Crane Fly

    10:04
  14. 14

    Post-Processing: Bee

    14:57
  15. 15

    Post-Processing: Focus Stacking

    12:18

Meet Your Expert

Chris McGinnis

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.  ... read more

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  • pdf 10 Tips for Getting Started
  • pdf Mobile Apps for Macro Photography
  • pdf Settings for Macro Photography
  • set E-M1 Mark II Macro Settings
  • set E-M1X Macro Settings
  • pdf Chris McGinnis Olympus Camera Settings

100% of students recommend this class.
See what some of them have to say.

  • Chris Baudec

    August 2019

    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

    August 2019

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

  • Susan Bowman

    August 2019

    This was a very informative class but Chris showed his settings/button settings and mentioned they would be available at the end of the class so I did not jot them down. Now the class is over but there is no option to download his settings. Presumably, if I purchase the class I'd be able to download them but I just watched it live. Why should I pay to watch it again. I just want the settings! please make the settings available free.

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