The Art of Seeing: Macro Techniques for Flowers and Plants
with Frans Lanting
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01 Class introduction03:17
14 Live Photo Critique53:43
Class duration: 5h 5mSee all 15 lessons
About The Class
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.
- 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
Macro Photography Overview16:27
Playing With Plants49:33
The Importance of Light36:29
Using Filters, Reflectors, & Diffusers07:56
Working With Afternoon Light10:18
The Lighting Toolkit Wrap Up16:15
Why Macro Photography?04:08
Create A Simple Indoor Macro Set37:10
Macro Lighting From Below19:58
Advanced Macro Lighting Techniques16:15
Macro Photo Accessories06:14
Downloading Macro Images To Lightroom16:08
Live Photo Critique53:43
Frans' Studio Tour & Final Thoughts11:30
Bonus Video: Student Story - Doug
Bonus Video: Student Story - Kate
Bonus Video: Patterns & Multiple Exposures
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I had the pleasure of participating in this class as part of the live studio audience in the Creative Live San Francisco studios. I really enjoyed the format in which two students had been pre-selected to visit the UC Santa Cruz Arboretum for a photo shoot with Frans Lanting about a week in advance of the class; then the videos were edited and played out during the class. Frans stopped the video frequently to clarify and supplement the information provided, so we weren't just sitting in a room watching pre-recorded material. Nor were we just listening to him lecture for hours. It was actually a surprisingly dynamic format. I also enjoyed the final session in which student-submitted images were critiqued by Frans and edited by Jim Cetechi (Creative Live host) real-time. It was interesting to learn how our images could be improved with just a few simple techniques, e.g. cropping, contrast, highlights etc. - all done in Lightroom. Frans helped us to see the potential for perfection in each image. I was thrilled when he didn't find anything to "fix" in my images :) Frans seems to truly enjoy "playing with plants", and helped us think about how we can use our photography to portray the beauty and significance of the natural world. I like the fact that he helped us to think about the potential of photography as more than just a hobby. He is an enthusiastic and personable trainer, well-versed in all aspects of photography, not just macro photos. I can't wait to add some of his techniques to my photography arsenal.
This workshop will give you everything you need to start macro photography, appreciate macro photography, and/or take your personal skill set to the next level. Frans really is a fantastic instructor whose love of teaching is obvious and infectious. He provides you the technical tools, inspiration, and has a unique ability to help you refine your own vision while simultaneously broadening the possibilities of that same vision. His respect for individual artistry coupled with his fined tuned eye of decades of experience puts him in a very elite class of photography instructors. You can expect to have a list of gear (much of out inexpensive and very effective) to put on your wish list as well as the urge to immediately go out and try what you have learned. If you have gone so far as to read this whole recommendation then go ahead and purchase the class. You won't regret it. Have fun!
Frans is an inspiration. Not only is he an incredible photographer, but also he is an equally wonderful teacher. His ability to explain both the simple and complex in easy terms -- as well is the ease with which he shows as he speaks -- makes learning from him a treat. You can also see him come alive with excitement as he 'plays with plants' which makes you all the more excited. So glad I was able to take this course with him! Thanks, CL!
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