In this 4-day workshop with the 5th day for self-exploration come capture the Sonoran desert tiny landscapes with the help of international award winning professional macro photographer Mike Moats.
Spend one day at the Tucson Botanical Gardens, known as America's best Secret garden photographing succulent and cactus plants. Enjoy another day at the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum. It’s a world-renowned zoo, natural history museum and botanical garden, all in one place.
The Botanical Gardens and Museum admission is NOT included with your registration.
The Tucson Ranch, located in the foothills of the Rincon mountains showcases some of the oldest Saguaro cactuses in the region and the grounds include a wide variety of flowers and desert plants perfect for macro-photography. With Mike, you will be searching out artistic designs and abstracts in the desert plant life.
The Ranch in January is a perfect winter desert getaway. Students will stay on campus Sunday evening and check out Friday at noon. An extended stay Friday night is optional. Please call us for details. 715-747-2054
Key Concepts covered in this workshop:
Cameras / Lenses / Tripods / Heads / Accessories
Controlling light with diffusers, reflectors, and LED lights / working with natural lighting.
Depth of Field
How to control depth of field with f/stops and special techniques / focus stacking with Helicon Focus.
Learn how to compose properly / finding character in nature / elements of design / textures / contrast / lines / light / visual weight / learning to work camera angles for blurred backgrounds / Two Subject Compositions / What not to do when composing.
Learn Mike's post processing techniques using Photoshop, Smart Photo Editor, Nik Software, and Topaz software programs.