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Insect Photography Tips, Tools, and Tricks with the Insect Sciences Museum of California

  • Joaquin Miller Park Ranger Station 3590 Sanborn Drive Oakland, CA, 94602 United States (map)
Anise Swallowtail description & photos from ISMC's guide "Lake Merritt and Greater Oakland Insects"

Anise Swallowtail description & photos from ISMC's guide "Lake Merritt and Greater Oakland Insects"

Get involved in citizen science by helping take photos for a Joaquin Miller Park insect guide! Insect Sciences Museum of California (ISMC) is sponsoring an intermediate-level insect photography workshop with Bay Area photographer (and CCNH naturalist) Damon Tighe, and is looking for volunteer photographers to provide images for local insect field guides.

This workshop will help to increase your skills in insect photography with DSLR and point-and-shoot cameras. Tighe will share tips, tricks and techniques for macrophotography problems as increasing depth of view, optimizing lighting on small subjects and increasing subject clarity for small subjects. You’ll also learn where to look for insects, how to set up a shot, and what features of the insect you should focus on for identification purposes. This workshop also has a field component in Joaquin Miller Park so you’ll learn how to take great photos in natural environments.

If you already have some insect photos, you can upload them here for feedback at the workshop!

If you’re willing to donate some workshop photos for use in ISMC’s insect guide to Joaquin Miller Park (with credit to you), please bring the necessary hardware for transferring your images to a PC.

Please bring your camera(s), flashes, spare batteries and other equipment needed to transfer images to a PC. Bring drinking water & snacks, and wear comfortable hiking shoes, sun hat, and layers of clothing.

Public transit to Joaquin Miller Park is available from several AC Transit lines. Buses will drop you off 0.2 miles from the ranger station at 3590 Sanborn Drive.

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This event is FREE! $10-20 suggested donation.

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