Close-Up: Continuing in Macro Photography By Bill Fortney

1 hr 3 min
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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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Bill goes over his equipment for this course and gives you a quick reminder of the important takeaways from his intro class.
These kinds of shots make for great stock photography or accents to hang on a wall.
Bill shows you how to make one of his most popular shots using a desk lamp, a lemon, soda water and a flower vase.
This shot uses reflection and color to make something as simple as a cheese grater look interesting.
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.
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.
Bill shows you an easy way to alter the color using a remote flash and gel.
This creative shot is one of Bill's favorites: magnify an out-of-focus background through tiny droplets.
Bill uses commander mode to simplify what most believe to be a difficult shot.
Learn how to make a cool smoke shot using a flower pod and a match.
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.
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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, AP rep, Medical photographer, and Marketing Public Relations person. Bill was an official photographer for the Washington Redskins during his sp...

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  1. Profile photo of TurboDesignsImagery TurboDesignsImagery

    Nicely done. Thank you!

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  3. Profile photo of Dave Dave

    all these comments were from 3 years ago… so here is one from 2015…. still just as inspirational and helpful today… Thanks Bill

  4. Profile photo of ekjk6256 ekjk6256

    Thank you Bill! Really enjoyed your close-up photography class and learned some valuable information. Now I want to get a Speedlight so I can try out some of your cool shots!

  5. Profile photo of Karenlfa Karenlfa

    Wow this answered alot of questions I have had. You are an excellent teacher. Can’t wait to start taking macro pics. Thanks Kelbyone for another great class.

  6. Profile photo of maikapeehikuru maikapeehikuru

    wow absolutely amazing, that’s Bill

  7. Profile photo of coreysolo coreysolo

    Enjoyed the content, your casual instructional technique and the inspiration to experiment. Thank you!

  8. Profile photo of Peter Marcaurelle Peter Marcaurelle

    Great job , Bill.
    During the course you mentioned that a list of equipment would be found at the end of the course listing. I did not find the listing.

    Thanks again great job.

  9. Profile photo of yygomez yygomez

    Excellent! Thanks!

  10. Profile photo of johncairns johncairns

    Easy to understand lessons, well explained instruction.

    Thank you

  11. Profile photo of David Vercruysse David Vercruysse

    Thanks Bill Fortey for your classes, which are very nice! Learned a lot about macro photography!
    Nice person too! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  12. Profile photo of Brent Perry Brent Perry

    Fantastic course. I’ve tried the techniques described by Bill and the results were amazing. Thank you Bill. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  13. Profile photo of Carol Clay Carol Clay

    Excellent!! Mr. Fortney is an excellent teacher – I learned a great deal. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  14. Profile photo of eosypiuk eosypiuk

    Great teacher, great course! I really learn a lot.
    Thank you. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  15. Profile photo of idleone idleone

    Hello,I’m new to Kelby Training and have taken just a few courses so far. I must say that I have taken many useful things from each of the courses but Bill Fortney’s Macro course was over the top. I felt his enthusiasm and found him to be truly sincere in his appreciation of the results he achieved with the various projects. His striving for the perfect shot is a great lesson in itself. Thank You. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  16. Profile photo of nyachnes nyachnes

    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! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  17. Profile photo of davestarrett davestarrett

    simple technique that i loved and tried, nice video —- Yes, please post my feedback

  18. Profile photo of Downtown Pearl Downtown Pearl

    great instructor, excellent course, very inspiring . . . —- Yes, please post my feedback

  19. Profile photo of ckgribben ckgribben

    I loved this course. Bill is a great teacher and explains each step of the process. I am going to work through each of the lessons before venturing out on my own. I was wondering if the materials list was posted anywhere on the site. Bill mentioned something about it being at the end of the lessons. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  20. Profile photo of mzangroniz mzangroniz

    I haven’t done close up work in 30 years. It’s time to get back. Thanks, Bill! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  21. Profile photo of Ray Warren Ray Warren

    Excellent course Bill. I learned a lot and enjoyed every second of it. Thanks. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  22. Profile photo of Shelly Wason Shelly Wason

    I really enjoyed both of Bill’s Macro classes. I’ve been doing macro photography for a few years and still learned some things and just had fun watching. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  23. Profile photo of kchiodi kchiodi

    Really enjoyed this course and tried a few of the techniques today. Thanks for the easy-to-understand instruction. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  24. Profile photo of Amy Perlmutter Amy Perlmutter

    I loved this course. Thanks for taking the time to explain each step of every shot….Can’t wait to try these techniques! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  25. Profile photo of Amy Perlmutter Amy Perlmutter

    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? —- Yes, please post my feedback —- Yes, please post my feedback

  26. Profile photo of Amy Perlmutter Amy Perlmutter

    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? —- Yes, please post my feedback

  27. Profile photo of Monroe Nevels Monroe Nevels

    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! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  28. Profile photo of ta4evr ta4evr

    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! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  29. Profile photo of PhotoShopByMark PhotoShopByMark

    Excellent!!! Very inspiring and practical. Many Tx

  30. Profile photo of vameza vameza

    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!

  31. Profile photo of Jay Boivin Jay Boivin

    Very nice.

  32. Profile photo of rose67 rose67

    Easy to understand even for beginner. Thank you

  33. Profile photo of jtraver jtraver

    Thanks for the inspiration and for sharing your knowledge and experience, Bill.

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