Close-Up: Continuing in Macro Photography, with Bill Fortney

After teaching the basics of macro photography, Bill Fortney returns to get more in-deph with the techniques he demonstrated in Close Up: An Introduction to Macro Photography.

After teaching the basics of macro photography, Bill Fortney returns to get more in-deph with the techniques he demonstrated in Close Up: An Introduction to Macro Photography. Go in the studio with Bill as he shows you the set-up process and camera settings for several clever and easy-to-do macro shots – all it really takes is patience and discipline. Bill goes over his equipment and how each piece plays its part in a given shot. Plus, you’ll pick up some great tips that Bill has learned during his career from his own experiences and from other photographers along the way.

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Course Lessons:

Lesson 1: Introduction (Duration 03:54)

Bill goes over his equipment for this course and gives you a quick reminder of the important takeaways from his intro class.

Lesson 2: Stock Photography (Duration 08:02)

These kinds of shots make for great stock photography or accents to hang on a wall.

Lesson 3: Shooting a Lemon with Bubbles (Duration 02:51)

Bill shows you how to make one of his most popular shots using a desk lamp, a lemon, soda water and a flower vase.

Lesson 4: Reflection and Color (Duration 04:33)

This shot uses reflection and color to make something as simple as a cheese grater look interesting.

Lesson 5: Lighting, Color Temperature, and Angles (Duration 05:32)

A desk lamp is all the lighting you need and it's versatile. Bill also talks about color temperature and how to set up the camera to get the best shot by shooting at an angle.

Lesson 6: Oil and Water (Duration 07:56)

Part of the fun of macro photography is seeing how creative you can get. Bill turns the studio into his lab and makes some interesting and creative colorful shots by shooting through oil and water.

Lesson 7: Adding a Flash (Duration 06:03)

Bill shows you an easy way to alter the color using a remote flash and gel.

Lesson 8: Magnifying with Droplets (Duration 07:03)

This creative shot is one of Bill's favorites: magnify an out-of-focus background through tiny droplets.

Lesson 9: Timing and Flash (Duration 03:53)

Bill uses commander mode to simplify what most believe to be a difficult shot.

Lesson 10: Photographing Smoke (Duration 05:42)

Learn how to make a cool smoke shot using a flower pod and a match.

Lesson 11: Greater Than Life Size (Duration 07:49)

Bill shows the most difficult aspect of macro photography - getting extremely close up. Then, he ends his lesson with some tips to help you improve your photography.

Meet Your Instructor: Bill Fortney

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,…

25 Comments

  1. Simply fantastic! This is the kind of class that offers the great opportunity to improve a lot, not only macro photography, but theoretical background as well. Nice job. I appreciate very much the lessons presented and Im in a great expectation to watch more as soon it is available!

  2. Great class Bill! Very well done! Great step by step instructions and ideas to try. Your explanation and demonstration of the different lenses was interesting and easy to understand. I think I have a lens that will work and can't wait to try it out!

  3. Bill Fortney has renewed my interest in MACRO Photography. While I have been a photographer since 1964, I have just begun to get SERIOUS!. I am handicapped from a Spinal Cord injury, in my neck and lower back, and cannot walk very far or carry much camera gear. Now I can shoot to my heart's content, indoors and around my property. Moose Peterson has Really been my friend and instructor, as my Military service had me involved with helicopters and airplanes for more than 17.5 years. I have done many air shows, but my skills have been multiplied. Thanks to Kelby training, I am FREE again!

  4. This class was amazing. Bill took the time to explain every step of each shot. Thanks! During the course he mentioned that a list of "equipment" would be available. Where can I get that list?

  5. This class was amazing. Bill took the time to explain every step of each shot. Thanks! During the course he mentioned that a list of "equipment" would be available. Where can I get that list?

  6. Very thorough, clear explanation of macro photography. Once I got past decoding the southern accent (LOL!) (What's a "tot" shot?... oh... you mean "tight"!!!!!) I learned so much! Looking forward to more!

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