Close-up photography (or macro photography) gives us a scientific view of the world around us. In this first installment, photographer Bill Fortney takes you through the basics of macro photography, the equipment to use, and some of the techniques needed to get as close up as you want to get. In later courses, Bill gets more in-depth but this installment serves as a great overview for beginners or a perfect refresher with plenty of tips for more experienced macro photographers.
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Bill is one of America's premier photographer's specializing in Landscape, close-up, nature, Americana, and travel. In his 44 year career, Bill has been a High School teacher and football coach, AP rep, Medical photographer, and Marketing Public Relations person. Bill was an official photographer for the Washington Redskins during his sports photography years.
In 1991 he and his wife Sherelene founded the Great American Photography Weekends and for 12 years he ran the field events for the company, leading over 250 events in every major national park and in Africa, Europe, Canada, and the Galapagos Islands. Bill is the author of five photography books, including his newest - America From 500 Feet II. His original America From 500 Feet book done with his son Wesley is the largest selling aerial landscape book, on America, of all time.
Now retired after 11 years with Nikon Professional Services, Bill teaches workshops through his company His Light Workshops. Once called in a newspaper article "The Will Rogers of Photography", Bill is a committed Christian, and much sought after speaker, presenter, and workshop leader.