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Exploring Macro Photography

May 6, 2018 @ 10:00 am - May 6, 2018 @ 4:00 pm

Macro photography is the art of capturing images to highlight intricate details in the world around us. A unique area of photography, it allows the mind to wander and creativity to flow, and can reveal fascinating patterns and textures in some of the most everyday of objects. All you need is a bit of equipment know-how, an introduction to visual design, and some creative inspiration to get you going. (Hint: it’s the little things that matter.)

In this workshop, Monica Royal will present to participants great examples of what makes a successful macro image (including a tour of MOPA’s current exhibition Hidden Worlds), provide hands-on guidance around lighting and equipment during the day’s two scheduled photoshoots, and give participants valuable feedback in a constructive, welcoming setting.

Workshop Schedule

10AM-11AM: Presentation + Discussion – Principles of macro photography, visual design strategies, and equipment orientation

11AM-12:30PM: Studio – Participants try their hand at macro photography

12:30PM-1PM: Lunch in Balboa Park

1PM-2:30PM: Studio – Participants continue exploring macro photography

2:30PM-4PM: Image Review – Group discussion around the day’s images, Q&A, next steps

Equipment + Requirements

1) Camera (a digital SLR with detachable lens)
2) Macro lens*
3) Tripod*
4) Light source* (LED lamp, painters clamp light, flashlight, etc)
5) Items to photograph – flowers, leaves, beach glass; items with strong textures or lack of texture, varies surfaces/reflectiveness, etc).

*Lending Opportunity: Please note that MOPA strives to provide the most welcoming experience for participants of all ages and at any experience level. If you do not own one or more of the items above marked with an asterisk, please contact MOPA’s Adult Programs Manager at linde@mopa.org.

Image (c) 2018 Monica Royal

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Event Details

Start:   May 6, 2018
Time:   10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Museum of Photographic Arts at The San Diego Museum of Art
1649 El Prado
San Diego, CA 92101 United States
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Welcome to the Museum of Photographic Arts at The San Diego Museum of Art!

As of July 1, 2023, the Museum of Photographic Arts and The San Diego Museum of Art have merged to become one unified institution. The Museum of Photographic Arts is now the Museum of Photographic Arts at The San Diego Museum of Art (MOPA@SDMA).

MOPA@SDMA remains a pay-what-you wish museum open Thursdays through Sundays 11:00 a.m.– 5:00 p.m.

We look forward to seeing you soon!