Instructor: Carlos Causo
See the beauty of Fairchild up close and personal. The class will explore, discover and photograph the ecosystem at Fairchild by focusing on the small beautiful details in flowers, leaves and insects. Petals, pistils and stamens will be transformed into abstract works of art. Dragonflies, butterflies and caterpillars will become otherworldly sci-fi creatures. Your instructor will teach you how to use your equipment to capture the small wonders of the Garden. The technical skills needed to master macro photography as well as a review of basic concepts of effective composition will be covered. Time in the field will be used to learn how to manage your subject, use the correct approach and effectively compose your image. For this class students should be familiar with their camera's basic exposure and focus controls as it will not cover basic camera operations. Sturdy tripods and cameras with interchangeable lenses or point-and-shoot cameras with close-up settings and user-adjustable settings are strongly recommended.
A digital camera with a 90mm or longer macro lens is highly desirable. If you do not own a macro lens, you will need a good close-up lens (one that allows you to fill your frame with subjects four inches in length). Telephoto zooms such as a 70-300mm or 70-200mm work very well in the Garden. Telephoto lenses such as 300mm also are recommended.
In addition, the last hour will be spent photographing the beauties in Wings of the Tropics, Fairchild’s butterfly conservatory. During this period, the technical skills that must be learned in order to master butterfly macro photography as well as a review of the basic concepts of effective composition will be covered.
7:00 to 10:00 a.m.
Section B: Saturday, October 22
Fee per section: Member, $40; Non-member, $60