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Heteroponera relicta, Queensland, Australia


 
I am pleased to announce a one-day insect photo course in tropical Cairns this July, in association with the much-anticipated IUSSI social insect meetings. We’ve already filled a third of the 30 spots, even though the event was announced not even 24 hours ago. If you’re thinking of participating, you will need to sign up soon: 

July 13 Insect Photo Workshop in Cairns

 
This day-long course will help you improve your macrophotography skills with an emphasis on creative lighting and composition, and will include both indoor studio sessions and outdoor practice with live subjects. The workshop is aimed at an intermediate level. Participants should bring camera equipment that allows for close focusing and manual control of basic operations like aperture & shutter speed. Recommended equipment includes digicams with a macro filter (such as a Raynox macro adapter), and SLR cameras with a macro lens capable of 1:1 magnification. External, off-camera flash (such as wireless or cord-tethered) is strongly recommended.

Tentative Schedule:
9:00 Welcome
9:15 Methods of Magnification (presentation)
9:45 Creative Lighting & Flash (presentation)
10:30 Break
10:45 Mini-studio demonstration (practice)
12:00 Lunch & Discussion
12:45 Composition (presentation)
1:00 Outdoor practice in small groups (practice)
3:30 Closing

Registration fee is $95 for IUSSI participants, and $145 for general participants. Lunch and snacks are included, along with bus transportation to and from the convention center. Enrollment is capped at 30.