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Insect Photography at Gardens at Lake Merritt

  • Rotary Nature Center 600 Bellevue Avenue Oakland, CA, 94610 United States (map)

Get involved in citizen science by helping take photos in the Lake Merritt gardens for an 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.

This workshop will help to increase your skills in insect photography with DSLR and point-and-shoot cameras. In the field topics covered will be shooting with different lenses (telephoto, standard and macro) and how to use flash effectively in the field (direct, bounced, and filtered).

Please bring your camera(s), flashes, spare batteries and laptop computer (there will be a secured storage area for items while we are in the field). Bring drinking water & snacks, and wear comfortable hiking shoes, sun hat, and layers of clothing.

Below is the schedule for the day:

9:30 - 9:45 - Introductions at the Rotary Nature Center

9:45 - 10:00 - Cover concepts to be covered in more detail in field

                        Where to find insects


                         -butterflies, moths

10:00 - 10:15 - walk to garden

10:15 - 11:00 - Lens techniques

                      - Standard lenses, telephoto lenses

                       - Macro lenses, bellows,

11:00 - 11:30 - Flash techniques

                           Onboard flash, muting onboard flash

                             Bounced flash

                            Ring flash (?)

11:30 - 12:00 - unstructured shooting and return to Rotary Nature Center

12:00 - 12:30 - uploading session and debrief at Rotary Nature Center. In exchange fro photos, receive a copy of 'Lake Merrit and Great Oakland Insects.'

This event will be canceled if fewer then 10 RSVPs are received by 6/10.

Sing up here for Free (recommended $20 donation at event):