Macro Photography Workshop

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Sponsored by the Capital City Camera Club and the JC Raulston Arboretum

"Macro Photography–Level 1"
Dick Cicone, Capital City Camera Club

  • Saturday, May 19, 2012 – 9:00 am4:00 pm

Learn the basics of macro photography through classroom presentation, field experience, and photograph critique. Technically, macro photography is when you produce an image where your subject is captured on your image sensor at life size, or larger. In the case of most cameras and photography, macro is not achieved and in fact, close-up photography would be a better description. However, most manufacturers call their close-up mode macro-mode.

Instruction will address basic camera settings for best photo quality; exposure considerations; lighting; macro equipment options; and techniques for taking close-up images of small plants, parts, and insects.

Students should bring camera, extra camera battery (recommended), plenty of room on digital storage media or extra film, external flash (optional), a tripod is helpful, plastic bag to kneel on as subjects are often low to the ground, any macro lenses or filters students may have. Normal, telephoto, or built-in lenses will work fine for macro work.

Prospective students are welcome to contact Dick Cicone with questions at

Dick Cicone

Dick has been an active semi-professional photographer and photograph club supporter for over 40 years as a participant, competition judge, lecturer, and instructor. His work can be seen at

Activity with local photographic groups include Capital City Camera Club (President 2008–2010), Chapel Hill Camera Club, and the Triangle Black and White Photography Group and is a contributing photographer at the Sarah P. Duke Gardens.

Dick has conducted photographic education seminars and field trips including portrait classes for both studio and environmental portrait settings, wildlife and macro field trips in the Florida Everglades, and special topic workshops. Locally, he has been a competition judge and technical contributor at the Chapel Hill Camera Club, Capital City Camera Club, Wake Forest Camera Clubs, NIEHS, Yates Mill County Park "Mill as Muse" 2008–2012 Photograph Competition, Cary Photographic Artists Annual Competition plus other Triangle photograph events.

Local photograph exhibits include Horace Williams House, Carol Woods Retirement Community, Durham Art Council, Hugh Mangum Museum of Photography, NC State Craft Center, NC State Gallery of Art & Design, Page-Walker Arts & History Center, Chapel Hill Museum, Through This Lens Gallery in Durham, Sertoma Art Center, and various other venues.

Semi-professional work includes individual and group portraits, sport and publicity photos, product photography, weddings, special events, fine-art images and contributed photo coverage of the NC Special Olympics. Published work includes photo essays in the Florida Sun Sentinel, News & Observer, trade magazines, and product brochures.

$80.00 for Friends of the JC Raulston Arboretum and Capital City Camera Club members, all others $100.00.
Advance registration is required and is limited to 15 people. Please call (919) 513-7005 to register.
Workshop cancellations can be made through May 11, 2012 (Friday). No refunds will be made after May 11, 2012. A $10.00 cancellation fee applies.
Ruby C. McSwain Education Center, JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University, 4415 Beryl Road, Raleigh, North Carolina.
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Free parking is available at the JC Raulston Arboretum and along Beryl Road.
Please call (919) 513-7005 for more information about this workshop.