Macro Photography Tips, Techniques, and Gear

Since our next competition subject is macro photography I will be hosting a get-together to cover all sorts of methods, techniques, and gear that you can use to create macro photos. You might be surprised to find out that you don’t necessarily need specialized equipment to come up with some interesting macro photos.

The Spaghetti Warehouse is located at 1911 N 13th St, Tampa, FL 33605

We will meet at the Spaghetti Warehouse in Ybor City on Tuesday night, August 2nd, at 7:00 p.m. You can get some dinner to eat while you take in the presentation. Please leave a reply below if you wish to attend so that I can give the restaurant an idea of how many people to expect that evening.

Let me clarify a few things. It’s not a workshop, I’m giving a presentation for the benefit of any of our members who may need some guidance with respect to equipment and techniques that can be used to take macro photos for our next competition. I will give my presentation at 7:00 pm. People can arrive anytime up until then and may order food if they wish and can eat while watching the presentation if they want to. If anyone wishes to do any shooting before or after they are on their own and welcome to do so.

Get Ready For Your Close-Up!

At tomorrow night’s meeting  we will taking headshots and putting ID badges together for members.

The July competition results have been posted and are available to view here:

We had 75 images entered in July, possibly a record for the club. I am working on the images for posting in our gallery and hope to have them up by next week. I will announce it here when they are up.

The August competition subject is macro. Very soon I will try to schedule and announce a macro tips and techniques session for any members who would like some technical insight on this fascinating genre of photography.

Upcoming Meetings

Saturday March 12th, 10:00 a.m at TRG studio the next installment of the Saturday Video Series will be shown. A video on Photographer / Artist Bert Monroy will provide the inspiration.

Friday night the 18th is competition night, the topic is night photography. Make sure you bring your prints and files in early enough to get them prepped for the judging. we have been getting a large number of submissions lately and it really helps the whole process. If you are bringing digital files please try and have them alone on a thumb drive or at least in their own folder named TBCC. You can help out the organization process by naming the files with the image title preceded with the letter “G” or “A” so that it can be properly placed as either general or assigned. Examples:
A-Tampa Skyline at Night.jpg   Correct
G-White Bird in a Golden Cage.jpg   Correct
IMG_1324.jpg   Wrong
My Dog Rover.jpg   Wrong

Reminder to the Board of Directors – The regularly scheduled work night is this Thursday night, March 10th at TRG studio, 6:00 p.m.

February Competition Info

While Doris is traveling I have taken over the job of updating the scores from the last competition. I’m sorry I had a shoot for a client that night, it looks like we had a lot of nice entries. There are however two entries that have not been recorded yet because the entrant did not put their name on their entry form. Whoever entered 2 images titled “Monago Beach” and “Nap” please let me know who you are so that I can record your scores for those entries.

The current statistics with the exception of the 2 mystery scores can be viewed by clicking on the link on our Competition Results page.     – Jim

Winner of the President’s Challenge

Congratulations to Victoria Drum for her winning entry in the President’s Challenge photo competition at the last meeting. The challenge was to produce a portrait of a character from a Beatles song. Victoria gave us an excellent visual interpretation of the lyrics from Eleanor Rigby:
“Waits at the window, wearing the face that she keeps in a jar by the door
Who is it for?”
Here is her winning image, click it to view it larger

Competition Updates

We had a total of 49 entries in our January competition! Thanks to there being so many it took me a while get them prepped for the web and uploaded but they are all online now on our Competition Images page. The results from the January competition as well as all of the 2010 results are available on our Competition Results page.

The new rules are all updated including a summary that puts things in a nutshell for those who aren’t into reading every detail right away. You can view all the info on our Competition Rules page.

There have also been a few changes and updates made on our Competition Info page.

Important Updates

We had a lot of great submissions for the January competition. Thanks to everyone who participated! To view the results check out our Competition Results page. I will be posting the images from the competition as soon as I receive copies of the digital submissions from Chris Volf.

Based on the number of submissions and the amount of time required to judge and critique them I am making an executive decision regarding the President’s Challenge for February. I will be extending the deadline by one week in order to allow enough time on competition night for the regular judging to take place. We will have the President’s Challenge on technical night and plan the technical presentation to allow 30 minutes at the end for the event.

As for the January technical presentation coming up this Friday we have 2 things on the schedule. Don Smith will be sharing some information with us and I will be giving a presentation covering a few topics as well. I’m looking forward to seeing everyone there!

I have had an insanely busy shooting and teaching schedule lately and have gotten a bit behind on a few items but prior to next month’s meetings I do plan on making competition entry forms and membership applications available here on the website for you to download and print. I will also be updating the Competition Info page to reflect the changes being implemented for the 2011 competitive season.

– Jim

Photography Competition

Hi – I thought your members may be interested in our Isle of Jura online photography competition, details and link below.

Isle of Jura Distillery has teamed up with VisitScotland to offer three photographers and partners a once in a lifetime opportunity to spend a week in the luxurious Jura Lodge, win a state of the art Olympus camera, and receive a 2 day photography masterclass from National Geographic’s Jim Richardson. There will be 8 ‘postcard of the week’ winners, with each winner receiving an Olympus FE-5050. Entrants can also ask family and friends to vote for their favourite postcard. Voters will have the chance to win prizes, including bottles of Jura 10 year old and other Jura goodies.
Closing date 21 January 2011.
To enter the competition, visit