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Upcoming Workshops

May 6, 2017 — Close-up Photography Workshop


August 10–13, 2017 — Photographing Mermaids

Upcoming Photo Workshops

I have a couple of workshops coming up.
Click on the posters below to learn more or contact me if you have any questions.


SBZoo Workshop



Shining new light on Trilliums

Each spring I visit the redwood forests. It still rains a bunch but the forest is coming alive with banana slugs, newts, salamanders, and spring wildflowers, like this trillium. Trilliums are large and beautifully designed, lots of symmetry and triangles. I had been looking for a perfect one, with new leaves and a young flower, and found this one right next to camp.

I set up a tripod and wide-angle lens, carefully worked with the plane of the plant to get everything in focus and took the first shot (upper left). Ok, it’s a decent record of the plant but it deserves more. So I underexposed the ambient and popped a gridded flash, better (lower left). But I have more than one flash … and we have wireless flash trigger … .so let’s add a flash under the trillium to pump light through the translucent leaves. Underexpose ambient a bit more, fire both flashes … nice.

I’m running a couple of macro workshops next spring. The advanced one will cover techniques like this, plus we’ll get to work with Dennis Sheridan and his amazing creatures.  If you’re interested in getting email notices about workshop and travel opportunities, sign up by clicking here.


Splash and Flash; Big Basin Redwoods State Park, CA

This area just north of Santa Cruz is full of redwoods, banana slugs, newts, organic farms, and lighthouses. It’s beautiful in the spring when everything is green and there’s still chances of rain. Rain is good in the forest, just put your rubber boots on and keep shooting.

Big Basin Redwoods State ParkRedwoods and fog

I was photographing this banana slug and reached over to move my reflector, which was attached to my tripod leg with a really useful tool called the plamp.  Anyway, as I moved the reflector my tripod fell off the bank into the creek. Luckily the creek wasn’t too deep, but I still had to wade into the water to fetch it back. Just dried off the tripod and went back to photographing.

Tripod overboard - fortunately the creek wasn't very deep.My tripod sans camera
Banana slugAn eight inch Banana slug

Wireless flash again with the really cute young Ensatina and a little forest of moss sporophytes. Used 2 flashes, a small softbox and the amazing Justin flash clamps.

Ensatina in little forest of moss.An Ensatina salamander in moss forest