Presentation Description

Mark takes every available opportunity to get out and explore the natural world, especially through photography. One beauty of close-up and macro photography is that it can take place anywhere, with many of his photos captured in his back yard (after a traumatic 10 – 15 step walk) or in other local parks or even abandoned fields. Macro work is challenging because the limited depth-of-field requires the photographer to make hard choices as they work. If you’re trying to get close to animals for full-frame images, you need to use a hunter’s techniques of slow stalking or sitting quietly for long periods waiting for the creatures to come with-in camera range.

This presentation will occur in three parts;

  1. A discussion of definitions and important background information that helps the photographer maximize their results and make informed choices about cameras, lenses, and shooting parameters,

  2. A discussion about possible subjects, including inanimate objects and living creatures, and

  3. A discussion about using stacking as a way to overcome the limited depth-of-field that is inherent in macro photography.

About the Presenter

Mark Seaver is a self-taught nature photographer, whose love of nature began as a child roaming the wilds of western Nebraska. As an adult, that love was translated into photography starting with his first SLR in 1980. 26 years of shooting slides formed one of his habits, maximum use of the frame, and a strong dislike of cropping, although he admits that there are some subjects that don’t fit a 35 mm frame well. He has Ph. D in Chemical Physics and his nearly 40 years of experience working for the US Navy as an Optical Physicist informs a number of things that he does in photography including macro looks at water drops and icicles. He has led a modest number of two-day photography workshops and is looking forward to sharing what he knows with others.

His website is:

Mark Seaver

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Live August 4th at 2:00 PM Eastern Time
(6:00 PM GMT/UTC)