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Over 99% of life on Earth is smaller than your finger. This means that no matter where you live, there is always something amazing to discover and photograph. It is a common misconception that a photographer must travel to a distant continent to find subjects worthy of photographing. In truth, many of the most amazing creatures you’ll ever see can be found just outside your back door, which is a powerful message for young people who are interested in science and conservation.
During this presentation award-winning natural history photographer Clay Bolt will begin by showing you how to work with available light and shallow depth-of-field to create beautiful impressionistic portraits of your subjects. This will include tips on the best times of day to photograph your subjects, how to approach them, and document them safely. Next he’ll introduce techniques for improving sharpness and how to use tools like reflectors and fill-flash to add more life to your images. Clay will also demonstrate how you can use multiple flashes in the field to create dynamic portraits of insect behavior.
Finally, Clay will discuss how to use the white background field-studio technique that has been popularized by the Meet Your Neighbors project that he co-founded in 2009. This is a technique that works great for school groups. He’ll also share his tips for utilizing more advanced topics such as photographing insects in flight and wide-angle macro photography. Throughout this breakout session, Clay will be sharing ways to use macro photography to tell the stories of your subjects for conservation and editorial purposes so that you can become more effective at championing the wildlife in your own community.
Clay Bolt is a Natural History and Conservation Photographer specializing in the world’s smaller creatures. Clay’s work appears in publications such as National Geographic Magazine, The New York Times, and National Wildlife. He is an Associate Fellow in the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP) and past president of the North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA). His current major focus is on North America’s native bees and the important roles that they play in our lives. He was a leading voice in the fight to protect the rusty-patched bumble bee as a federally protected species under the Endangered Species Act, which became North America’s first federally protected native bee in 2017. In 2019, Bolt became the first photographer to document a living Wallace’s Giant Bee—the world’s largest bee—as a part of a four person exploration team to rediscover the species in the Indonesian islands known as North Maluku