June 8 - 9, 2019
Most of the previous frog and reptile workshops have sold out because the people
who participate get incredible pictures way beyond their expectations. Join Jim for
this extremely exciting workshop in macro photography. You will photograph spectacularly
colored poison dart frogs (they are not poisonous in captivity) and primitive-looking
exotic reptiles in a two-day shoot in St. Louis, Missouri. There will be several shooting
stations with natural looking plants, flowers, leaves and bark as background environments,
and the images will look as if they were taken in the rainforest. Actually, they will look
better than you can get in the wild because these creatures are hard to find, the lighting
in the forest is tough, you can’t get close enough, and the backgrounds are usually busy
You will have total control in that the lighting is perfect, the backgrounds are natural,
the colors are outrageous, and you will be able to maintain complete depth of field to reveal
all of the stunning details in these amazing (and amazingly small) creatures. I will begin
the weekend with a presentation on macro photography, lighting, and exposure to discuss
the technical challenges with this kind of shooting, and then I will help you get some of
the best macro pictures you've ever taken. Check out the photos in the Gallery — you
will get pictures just like this!
The maximum number of participants is 10.
Workshop fee: USD $940.00
Included: Lecture on macro photography and lighting for macro, access to a ring flash,
two days of photography of some of the most intriguing macro subjects you’ll ever find,
and critiques on demand. Access to approximately 40 to 50 species of animals.
Not included: Transportation to St. Louis, hotel, meals. I conduct the seminar at the
Hampton Inn near the airport, and there is a free shuttle to and from the airport.
CONTACT ME if you'd like to participate, and I will give you the information regarding
how to enroll and how to get a preferential rate for your room.
Recommended list of equipment for the workshop:
1. dSLR body.
2. 50mm macro lens (you can use a longer focal length like a 100mm or 180mm
macro, but the lighting won't be as soft and diffused compared to using the 50mm
or 60mm macro lens).
3. No tripod is required for the frogs and reptiles because you will be using flash.
4. Ring flash or twin macro flash setup. You can also use a Ray flash diffuser
placed over a normal portable flash. This is a larger piece of equipment, but it's
cheap ($49 at Amazon) and it provides the same kind of light.
5. Extension tube set to allow you to focus extremely close to the small frogs.
6. Spare AA batteries for your flash. As batteries become depleted, the recycle