Zoom in on Blossoms and Bugs – Getting Started in Close-Up Photography

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September 24, 2022, 1-4pm

Location: The Crosby Arboretum, Picayune, Mississippi

Spend the afternoon photographing magical close ups of flowers, insects, and plants. Learn about focus, light, equipment, composition, settings, and techniques to bring your garden photography to life. You should already have a working knowledge of your camera and settings (f-stop, shutter speed, iso) and be able to shoot in manual mode.


Required equipment: DSLR camera. Phone camera OK – but will not be the main emphasis of instruction. However, we will be discussing a few Phone camera techniques. Tripod. Extra batteries and SD cards.


Lenses (one or more of the following): telephoto zoom lens, macro lens, extension rings, reversal ring + 50mm lens or higher lens


Highly recommended: shutter release, light modifiers (diffusers, reflectors). Optional: monopod, flash/diffuser


Bring a Chair for the first half and Backpack or something to carry items during walk.


Also, don’t forget: bug spray, sunscreen, hat, water, notebook/pen


$45 per person


Diana Thornton is photographer, singer/songwriter and musician. She is the Editor in Chief of O Muse! Magazine. She regularly leads photo walks at Crosby Arboretum, and offers classes and tutoring in photography, music, writing, songwriting, and genealogy.


Call 504-312-2354 or click here register or get more information.

Location: The Crosby Arboretum. 370 Ridge Rd, Picayune, MS 39466. I-59 Exit 4 (Picayune/Kiln). Turn at the light going into Walmart, but take the 1st right on to Ridge Road and follow for 1.2 miles. Crosby Arboretum (msstate.edu)


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Private lessons, classes and tutoring are also available at your convenience and even at your location. Contact Diana for more information.


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