A Tiny Adventure: Let’s do Macro Photography
Learn how to use macro lenses to photograph tiny subjects in Rock Creek Park
Macro photography is the art of making tiny things look big. You can do this by getting very close to your subject. One of the best reasons to take macros is to share a unique view of the world around us. Once you zoom in to the macro level, you might notice things you’ve never seen before. Textures, patterns, and other abstract elements may make beautiful compositions themselves.
On this safari, we are going to learn how to use macro lenses to photograph the little marvels around us that are hidden from our sight. Spring flowers will be blooming in Rock Creek Park, and insects will also be emerging.
One of the challenges of macro photography is the focus, so we should be sure that our camera is stable by using a sturdy tripod and a remote release.
What equipment to bring to the workshop?
A macro lens is essential. 50mm, 90mm, 105mm – any length can work. And of course, a sturdy tripod.
- Macro Lens
- Extra memory cards
- Extra charged battery
- Filters, remote release
- Weather appropriate clothing
Rock Creek Park Nature Center and Planetarium
Alain Gutierrez is a professional photographer, photojournalist, food blogger, and creator of Thru Alain’s Eyes, LLC, <http://www.thrucubaneyes.com/> a photo tour company based in Bethesda, Maryland. He earned a degree in journalism from the University of Havana and worked as a photojournalist for nearly 20 years in Havana. He photographed many social and cultural events of significance, such as the opening of the United States Embassy, President Barack Obama’s arrival, and Pope Francis’s visit.
Since moving to the U.S., he has led several photo tours for Washington Photo Safari in Cuba. He also recently worked as an Adjunct Professor at American University, teaching introductory digital photography. Currently, he works as a freelance photographer, collaborating with digital media and marketing consultants on designing and providing images for online platforms and websites for Sandy Springs Summer Camp and Trinity School in Ellicott City.
In his short time living in America, Alain has had the opportunity to photograph the Christmas Revels’ annual performances at the GW Lisner Auditorium and the Havana Lyceum Orchestra when they performed at the Kennedy Center. His photos have also been featured at the Exposed DC Photography Show 2020 at the Touchstone Gallery in Washington, D.C.; at American University’s “Resistance: The Exhibition” at its Center for Media & Social Impact at the School of Communication; at Stop Motion’s 2019 Year in Review in Washington, D.C. and in the Crystal City Fotowalk Underground Exhibitions (April 2019 – April 2021) in Arlington, VA.