December 8,9,&10, 2022
PHOTOGRAPHING FLOWERS, FERNS, AND FUNGI — All the techniques you need, from the tightest closeup to sweeping landscapes.
Three-day workshop with Craig Blacklock
Throughout his 47-year career as a professional wilderness photographer, Craig Blacklock has incorporated photographs of the flowers, ferns, and fungi growing on the forest floor. He designed a diffusion tent to overcome lighting and wind issues and honed his techniques in the days of film. Digital photography now allows for complete control over depth of field with the use of stacked focus which is useful both in images where you want overall sharp focus, and those where you want only one flower petal to float against a soft background.
Blacklock will present examples of each technique he uses, demonstrate them on field trips, and guide you in image capture and digital editing of your images.
A tripod is required for this course, as is some method for focusing close. It is helpful to bring an assortment of lenses from wide angles to medium telephotos. Instructions on how to make your own diffusion tent will be provided when you sign up for the workshop.
This course will take place while Craig’s exhibition,LIGHT WAVES—Abstract Photographs of Reflections from Lake Superior is up in the Centre’s museum. Craig will walk participants through the exhibition, talk about the techniques used, and if time allows, the group will try to make some similar images.
How to make a Diffusion Tent for outdoor close-up photography
Get two, approximately 10 foot long shock-corded tent poles that are flexible enough to be bent so the ends can be stuck into the ground about 5 feet apart. These are typically fiberglass or aluminum, and can be purchased at camping supply stores.
While you are there, buy 4 to 6 tent pegs.
The diffusion material:
Ideally, sew parachute cloth into a 10×10 foot tarp. Hem the edges and put grommets in corners along edge, half way between corners.
An alternative is to get a 10×10 foot piece of clear poly and scratch it up with a dish scrubber to it diffuses the light. You can get special large grommets with rubber washers, made for plastic tarps.
To use the tent, stick pole ends into the ground forming either an igloo shape or an arched tunnel. Drape the tarp over the poles and secure the edges down with the tent pegs, allowing access to the camera. You do NOT want the tent showing in your image. The tent serves to block wind and to diffuse sunlight into a soft glow.
For workshops at the Centre, all deposits will be refunded IN FULL if a workshop is canceled. If you decide to withdraw from a workshop, please inform us at least 30 days before the first day of class; we will refund your deposits, less a $100 withdrawal fee. Our obligations to the professionals who teach at the Centre dictate that no refund of payments will be made to you if you do not notify us of your withdrawal 30 days before the start of the workshop (120 days for travel workshops). In the event that a replacement is found to fill your vacant space, all payments, less the withdrawal fee will be refunded. No refund of fees will be made for no-shows or for withdrawal after the workshop begins. Membership fees are non-refundable.
ONE DAY SEMINAR FEES ARE NON REFUNDABLE.