Andrew McCarthy Photography

1-day insect workshop 10th July 2024

£100.00

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This 1-day workshop is intended for fairly experienced, general photographers who want to get to grips with insect photography and learn to set their cameras up in the most efficient way for nature photography. The level is aimed at ‘improvers’ – participants will to understand the ‘exposure triangle’, depth of field, dynamic range, how tones are shown on the histogram and how exposure compensation can be used to override the meter / obtain accurate exposure under different lighting situations. Participants will also need to be familiar with their cameras menu system, in particular the controls for shutter speed, aperture, ISO and exposure compensation, so these can be quickly adjusted in the field if needed. A reasonable level of fitness will be required.

Fall back date 12th July.

Participants 6 max.

Experience Level
Aimed at ‘improvers’; participants will need an understanding of the ‘exposure triangle’, as well as depth of field, dynamic range, how tones are shown on the histogram and how exposure compensation can be used to override the meter / obtain accurate exposure under different lighting situations. Participants will also need to be familiar with their menu system and also the main controls for shutter speed, aperture, ISO and exposure compensation, so these can be quickly changed in the field if needed.

Venue
We will be working fairly locally to Exeter to maximize time in the field – for example we may visit Stover plus a nearby private site. This location would also allow us to access Dartmoor in search of demoiselles, as well as golden ringed / keeled skimmer dragonflies, if time permits as these species will be on the wing by July. An alternative is Lower Brookland; the final choice will depend on which site is working well at the time of the workshop (these and other sites will be checked the previous week).

Start and end times
This will to some extent depend on weather but we are planning for a reasonably early start at say around 6.00am. Participants will be informed of start time / meeting points once we have confirmed location, target species and weather at the end of the week before.

Fitness
Fitness level / mobility required at the sites we are likely to be shooting at is not particularly onerous. We may however need to walk reasonable distances on potentially wet / muddy and uneven ground, and participants must therefore have a good general fitness level, with the ability to walk at reasonable pace, over several miles on sometimes rough terrain. Note that macro photography can also involve lying on the ground but this is obviously optional!