Frogs, Reptiles, and Butterflies Macro Workshop: February 20th, 21th, & 22nd 2021

Frogs, Reptiles, and Butterflies Macro Workshop 2021
Cost of this workshop $1295 per person, with a $100 discount extended if booked by July 31st 2020
Saturday,Sunday,and Monday: February 20th, 21st and 22nd 2021

I am excited to announce our 10th annual Frog and Reptile Macro Workshop once again in, Deerfield Beach Fl.!!  Please join me and my good friend Adam Jones as we bring this exciting workshop back to Deerfield Beach just north of Ft. Lauderdale. This workshop is a one of a kind event, plus we have added an extra day to spend at Butterfly World in Coconut Creek Fl. just a few miles away. It is going to be a spectacular time with all new subjects, many of the new animals we have never had before. We will have the usual 30-40 species to photograph including, of course, the red eyed tree frogs and colorful dart frogs. “NEW” this year will be animal species that were to cost prohibitive for me to purchase in the past, but due to having this in south Florida will open up amazing opportunities due to some special friends of mine bringing some really exotic animals. There will be 6-8 shooting stations with real plants, flowers, leaves, and bark for natural looking background environments. The resulting photos appear to be taken in the wild – actually looking better than in the wild. You would have to travel to over ten different countries to find this array of colorful animals. Plus, we do not shoot through glass, so nothing is between you and the subject to interfere with image or lighting quality.

You have total control: the lighting is perfect, the background is flawless, the colors outrageous, and you maintain complete depth of field to show all the stunning details. The weekend begins with a presentation on macro photography, lighting, and exposing flash perfectly every time. We will teach you how to quickly solve the technical challenges with this kind of photography, allowing you to produce your best macro images ever.
So come join us for this exciting event in sunny south Florida this winter!!
Lecture on macro photography and the use of flash for macro; two days of photographing some of the most intriguing macro subjects you’ll ever find, critiques on demand, and Photoshop techniques for the best images possible. Shared use of our two Canon MP-E 65 macro lens with Canon ring flash for 1x – 5x magnification close-ups for eye popping details, patterns, and eyeballs. Personal one-on-one help to make sure your camera and flash are set properly for perfect images.
Not Included:
Transportation to Deerfiledbeach Fl, Lodging, and Meals
Topics we cover are:
How to use flash perfectly when only inches from your subject.
How to protect the highlights from blowing out in your pictures.
The RAW workflow, and using Luminosity Masks for expert results.
Equipment options for macro photography.
Professional way to replace a background with Photoshop.
Understanding lighting ratios with a ring flash.
How to replace unwanted reflections in eyes and reflective skin.
How to get maximum depth of field and sharpness for small subjects.
Skill Level
The workshop is open to people of all skill levels and experience. The majority of people shoot with digital SLRs, but this is not a pre-requisite for attending this workshop.
Recommended Equipment
We suggest a Macro lens or some way of focusing very close, such as extension tubes or a Canon 500D diopter (this will fit any camera system and any normal or medium telephoto lens — you purchase it according to the ‘filter size’ of the lens you’ll be using). Contact us if you need advice on close-up accessories. A ring flash or a flash system with two small flash units on either side of the lens works great. If you don’t have one of these and don’t want to purchase one, contact us about very affordable rental options, or we will also have several light diffusers for speed light flashes to loan out. Constant light sources such as LED lights do not work well for this workshop. So, please contact us for equipment advice and suggestions. A tripod is not needed for photographing the frogs and reptiles, but may be handy for the still life subjects. Workshop is from 9AM to 4PM on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
Location: Doubletree by Hilton Deerfield Beach Boca Raton 100 Fairway drive | Deerfield Beach | FL-33441
Block of rooms on hold at a special rate if booked by Jan.15th 2021
Special Code for rooms Booking Link: coming soon
Photographic Workshop Cancellation Policy
Registration will be on a first come first serve basis. Please notify us at least 30 days prior to the Workshop starting date in the event you are unable to attend a Workshop in order to allow another person to apply. In order to reserve your space at the Workshop, full payment is required. If you must cancel, there will be a $100 charge, from the date of booking, up to 45 days prior to the Workshop. After 45 days, the balance of the Workshop is non-refundable, unless we fill your spot.
Reserve your space by mailing your check to:

Mike Matthews
16810 Polo Fields Ln
Louisville, KY 40245

502-612-6434 cell

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